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commencement 2003 

2 Speaker Thomas Oliphant 

6 Student Awards 

13 Faculty/Staff Awards 

■ ■ - reunion 2003 

25 Alumnus Of The Year 
28 Emeritus Honorees 

campus news 

11 Hats Off 

18 Sports Round-Up 

32 Alumni News 

Christopher Ebinger '03 

Following a tradition of the 
past half century, 103 seniors at 
GDA jumped the stone wall 
behind the Headmaster's 
Mansion House to celebrate 
their commencement on 
Friday, June 6. Graduation 
ceremonies included an inspir- 
ing speech by Boston Globe 
columnist and National Public 

Radio commentator Thomas 
Oliphant (see text of speech 
on page 2), the bestowing of 
awards and diplomas, and a 
new tradition initiated by 
Headmaster Marty Doggett. 
Following the granting of diplo- 
mas, the faculty led a proces- 
sion to the original red 
Schoolhouse. where teachers 

formed a circle to welcome the 
new graduates and bid them 
personal farewells. Amid hugs 
and tears, students took final 
leave of their mentors, round- 
ing the Milestone and then 
jumping the wall -- symbolic 
gestures to mark their important 
rite of passage. 

Commencement™ Reunion 2003 


Commencement 2003 

Thomas Oliphant 

Excerpted from speech by 
Commencement Speaker 
Thomas Oliphant 

Mr. Oliphant, a graduate of 
Harvard College, has been a 
correspondent for the Boston 
Globe since 1968 and a 
Washington columnist since 
1989. His journalistic creden- 
tials are considerable. He 
obtained the Pentagon Papers 
for the Boston Globe in 1971. 
His coverage of the occupa- 
tion of Wounded Knee South 
Dakota in 1973 earned him the 
Elijah Thomas Lovejoy Award 
as well as a three count crimi- 
nal indictment from the Nixon 
Justice Department. He was 
one of three editors on special 
assignment who managed the 
Globe's coverage of Boston's 
traumatic school desegrega- 
tion, which was awarded the 
Pulitzer Prize in 1975. He also 
co-authored a series of special 
editorials on the energy crisis, 
which was a runner up for the 
Pulitzer Prize in 1980. He has 
been honored with the presti- 
gious writing award given by 

the American Society of 
Newspaper Editors. 

A frequence ■ . i '! 

sion, he most recently was the 
analyst for PBS' live coverage 
of former President Clinton's 
impeachment trial. He 
has appeared on ABC's 
Nightline, Face vine Nation, 
The McNeil-Lehrer Report 
and the Today Show. 

You know, for all the right rea- 
sons, this happy occasion is 
about you graduating seniors. 
That is why I like to ask geniuses 
like you to take a short break 
from accepting all this deserved 
praise, turn around and please 
acknowledge the friends, par- 
. ents, family and loved ones here 
today who sacrificed so much to 
make this glorious day possible. 

The people literally behind 
you have scrimped, saved, 
eaten macaroni, maybe in a few 
cases even robbed banks to 
make all this possible. You will 
never be able to repay them, 
and one of the miracles of ado- 
lescence is that you will never 
be expected to. 

As someone who has been all 

the way through this three times what I wish someone had told 
with my own children — right me. 

through graduate school — I rec- First of, all you have time; 
ognize the expressions on the there's no reason to feel rushed 
faces of parents here today, in a world that is too sped up as 
They know now that after all it is. In the mentoring that older 
they've been through the tough- people like me do all the time, I 
est part is still ahead. Please be find I have a prejudice toward 
aware of this. You are now younger people who aren't sure 
beginning the process of leaving what to major in, much less what 
home, but your family is now path to take once college is 
beginning the process of watch- over. To my prejudice, they are 
ing you leave home. For all of more open to the tidal wave of 
today's joy it's a poignant, bit- experiences and information that 
tersweet, inevitable moment. It is breaking over them. I love to 
is wonderful and it hurts like hear from students who take a 
Hell. If I may be permitted a per- year off, whether to hike in the 
sonal note, I sat where you are mountains of Nepal or tutor kids 
40 years ago. in South Central Los Angeles. 

One of my regrets is that I To my prejudice, a course in 
wish I understood better what photography or German novels 
was happening to me on that is as intrinsically valuable as eco- 
day so long 
ago. I don t 
know about 
you but I was 
really con- 
fused about 
the transition 
that today 
and so I now 
realize were 
my parents. 
Nearly all my 
from the 

adult world involved the impor- nomic theory. This is supposed 
tance of maturity, careful, dili- to be fun as well as educational, 
gent preparation for a life dedi- and it can be. 
cated to making the world a little Up until now, so much of 
better. But nearly all the mes- what you have done has been, 
sages I was getting from my own almost by definition, designed 
raging hormones indicated other to win the approval of — or to 
priorities, some quite short-term, antagonize — grown-ups and 
I was seventeen, for Chrissakes. peers. 

As best I can figure it, this is What is changing is that at first 

Brooke Eaton and Douglas Turnbull 


August | 2003 

Erin House and Amanda Gilmore 

Julia Tataronis '03, Ann Peterman '03, Erin Shedd '03 and Gabrielle Petraglia '03 

a few, then some, then many, 
then most of the choices you 
make will be based on their own 
specific advantages and disad- 
vantages as you see them. That's 
tougher than it sounds. It is lib- 
erating on the one hand and 
often terrifying on the other. 

Each of you has probably got- 
ten a taste of this in dealing with 
the question of where you will 
be going to college. If I'm not 
mistaken, most of you got to 
make this decision yourselves, 
with a little help from the letter 
you received in April. Some of 
you sought guidance at home 
and it helped. Some of you 
maybe got more than you 

expected or wanted. A few of 
you may have had to deal with 
what sounded like parental insis- 

I know I did. I was determined 
to go back here to school. My 
parents argued loudly for 
California. Their cover story was 
the availability of a specific pro- 
gram out there; my cover story 
was a single word, Harvard. 
Gradually, the argument (okay, 
the shouting match) evolved 
into a mutual recognition that I 
wanted to leave, they wanted 
me close, but that it was my life 
in the end. At the time it 
seemed so wrenching and so 

The irony is that all these years 
later it has not proved to be that 
big a deal. Regardless of how 
you feel today, I would argue it 
will not matter 40 years from 
now where you went; what will 
matter is what you did there and 
how the experience helped 
form the adult you. And all of 
that is entirely up to you; this is 
one of your first chances to 
experience firsthand that what 
you get out of all this will be 
entirely a function of what you, 
not anybody else, put into it. I 
went to Harvard; my wife, a 
senior CBS News correspon- 
dent, went to Michigan State; 
neither fact tells you anything 
about what has become of us. 

Whatever the mix of influ- 
ences and whatever the choices 
you make — from what college 
courses to take to what to do 
after you graduate, to what to 
do next Saturday night — what 
counts now is what you decide, 
and what you think of you will 
become more important than 
what anybody else thinks. The 
most important confrontation 
you face is with that image look- 
ing back at you in the bathroom 
mirror. In terms of importance, 
what happens in the White 
House doesn't hold a candle to 
what happens in your house. 

To illustrate, there's a story 
often told in the world of sub- 
stance abuse treatment. A drunk 
hits bottom and gets help. After 
staying sober for his first month, 
he goes on the road and checks 
into a hotel. Off the lobby 
there's this dark, plush, inviting 
bar. As the temptation rages, 
the drunk says to himself. Who 
would know? 

The answer, of course, is that 
on some level he will know, and 
that is what really matters. At the 

Latin Students 

In the spring, all GDA Latin 
students took the 2003 
National Latin Exam along 
with 127,000 other Latin stu- 
dents from all 50 states and 8 
foreign countries. The follow- 
ing students received honors 
based on their scores in their 
respective levels: Angela 
Rappoli - Latin 6, Magna 
Cum Laude, first GDA stu- 
dent to take and earn com- 
mendation on Latin 6 exam; 
Max Dornbush - Latin 2, 
Magma Cum Laude, Silver 
Medalist; Dante DeMeo - 
Latin 5, Magna Cum Laude, 
first GDA student to earn 
commendation on Latin 5 
exam; Andrew Samel - Latin 
4, Magna Cum Laude; Anya 
Ravitz -- Latin 3, Magna Cum 
Laude; Don Wieczorek - Latin 
3, Magna Cum Laude; Matt 
Reason - Latin 3, Magna Cum 
Laude; Sam Adams - Latin 3, 
Magna Cum Laude; and Cam 
Archibald - Latin 1, Cum 

TheArchon I SUMMER S 


end of his helpful volume, 
Profiles in Courage, Senator 
John F. Kennedy wrote in 
1956: "The stories of past 
courage can define this ingredi- 
ent/ they can teach, they can 
offer hope, they can provide 

um time, I have rarely spoken 
about the great events swirling 
around us, always preferring the 
personal to the political. I may 
have just gone through my third 
American war and may be in 
the midst of my tenth presiden- 

of ours, it has dawned on you 
that credentials, privilege and 
pedigrees don't count for much 
any more. Let me tell you what I 
believe does. Just two things — 
whether your word's any good 
and how you treat other peo- 

Greek root to a burned, sacrifi- 
cial offering. The story he had in 
mind when he first used the 
word was the biblical tale of 
Abraham and Isaac, which as 
parable is about as personal as it 

'Your education has no doubt given you a sense of how diverse the world and this 
country are, but your experience is about to increase your awareness exponentially/' 

—Thomas Oliphant 

inspiration. But they cannot sup- 
ply courage itself. For this each 
man must look into his own 

There was this kid at the New 
York Times last year — not much 
older than you guys who forgot 
to do that. Today, his life is in 
tatters and the [fallout] from his 
sins is still spreading. Jayson 
Blair was an intern in my 
Washington office back when 
he was pretending to finish col- 
lege. Some of us could see 
Jayson's problem — too much 
ambition for status, not enough 
ambition for accomplishment — 
but no one listened to us. 

One lesson from this is that in 
today's corporate culture you 
can't always rely on adults to 
give you sound guidance. Some 
of them are enablers. The other 
lesson is that you are just weeks 
away from the same temptations 
to which Jayson succumbed — 
to cut a corner, yank a term 
paper off the internet, fudge a 

Don't do it. It ain't worth it. 

As someone who lives in 
what's called the public square, 
I am now old enough to have 
given almost as many of these 
chats as I covered as a young 
newspaperman. In all my podi- 

tial campaign, but it always has pie. The skills part is easy by 

seemed to me that this is a day comparison, 

to think about family and grow- Two of my heroes are Elie 

ing up and being an independ- Wiesel and Robert Kennedy, 

ent person, not about the not for reasons of religion or 

Angela Rappoli receives the Moody Kent Prize for Latin from Trustee 
President Dan Morgan '67, P'97, '02 

Middle East peace process. 

More than experience has 
produced my bias for the per- 
sonal over the political. I am 
convinced that a good life is led 
from the inside out, that we are 
not pawns in the face of outside 
forces, that what we bring to the 
world are above all the values 
we develop one relationship 
and experience at a time in our 
personal lives. 

I'm sure that as you have 
learned more about his astonish- 
ingly open and mobile society 

ideology or politics, but for what 
they have taught me about the 
importance of the individual 
human being exercising freewill. 
Elie Wiesel has no idea why 
he wasn't also murdered at 
Auschwitz, but he survived to 
help teach the world about the 
very personal meaning of the 
Holocaust, a term he may have 
been the first to use. He noted 
in his Nobel Peace Prize lecture 
17 years ago that the word does 
not literally refer to the mass mur- 
der of millions, but rather in its 

Years later, when he was trying 
to awaken the world's con- 
science to the ongoing slaughter 
in Bosnia, he argued to 
President Clinton's face that the 
road to genocide is paved with 
individual acts of hatred and 
indifference. Genocide is not 
an impersonal numbers game, 
but rather the sum of all those 
individual acts. 

Your education has no doubt 
given you a sense of how 
diverse the world and this coun- 
try are, but your experience is 
about to increase your aware- 
ness exponentially. How you 
choose to treat each individual 
you encounter will comprise the 
ingredients of your character. It 
is not an accident that the 
Golden Rule is universal, not 
sectarian. Good things really do 
tend to be done by good peo- 

In 1966, Robert Kennedy trav- 
eled to South Africa during the 
worst of the apartheid era, just a 
few years after Nelson Mandela 
was supposedly imprisoned for 
life. In the belly of the beast, he 
spoke of the critical role of each 
person's choices with words 
that are today the universal 
anthem of human rights: 

"Let no one be discouraged 



Congratulations and best wishes to the class of 2003 as they head off to the following colleges! 

Laura Ellison and Mike O'Neill 

Philip Anderson 

Alexander Antell 
Jennifer Arno 
Marc Bastarache 
Brandon Bates 

Harold Baumann 
Elizabeth Bernard 
Devan Berry 
Peter Bildner 
Jeffrey Black 
Emily Block 
Timothy Bohanon 
Craig Bonaventura 
Marc Borden 
Derek Brusin 
Oliver Burns 

Stephanie Carter 
Lindsay Clunie 
Tyler Collins 
David Connaughton 

Eugene Lang College/ 
New School University 
Northeastern University 
University of Southern Maine 
Year Off - Junior Hockey 
Post-Graduate Year - 
Canterbury School 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
Simmons College 
Saint Michael's College 
Northeastern University 
Tulane University 
St. Lawrence University 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 
Drexel University 
Post-Graduate Year - 
Canterbury School 
Syracuse University 

Carnegie Mellon University 
Colby College 
Northeastern University 
University of New Hampshire 

Julian Cooney 
Allen Cooper 
Sean Corbett 

Claire de Lacvivier 
Michelle DeLaGarza 
Kristen DeForrest 
Cory Demuth 
Christopher DiGuiseppe 
Elizabeth Dipple 
Brooke Eaton 
Christopher Ebinger 
Laura Ellison 
Shannon Falvey 
Noel Georgenes 
Amanda Gilmore 
Benjamin Gobin 
Jessica Gray 
Eden Gudonis 
Daniel Guyton 
Katherine Harris 
Elizabeth Hicks-Kridel 
Jong Hoon Hong 
Timothy Hosmer 
Erin House 
Katherine Hugo 
Timothy Johnson 

Anastasios Kapernekas 
Christopher Kelley 
Sung Jin Kil 
Maria Knapp 
Megan Lagasse 
Kaitlin Lang 
Alicia LeBlanc 
John Leonard 
Laura Liacos 
Andrew Lundquist 
Brooke Lynch 
Garrett Lyons 
Allison Marcoux 

Stetson University 

University of Chicago 

United States Military Academy 

at West Point 

American University (Deferred for year) 

Chapman University 

Georgetown University 

George Washington University 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Quinnipiac University 

Boston University 

St. Lawrence University 

Williams College 

Trinity College 

Berklee College of Music 

University of New Hampshire 

Occidental College 

George Washington University 

Wheaton College 

Boston College 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Smith College 

University of Illinois 

Boston University 

Howard University 

Skidmore College 

George Washington University 

(Golf Academy/ Deferred GW) 

Denison University 

Wittenberg University 

Georgetown University 

Boston University 

Saint Michael's College 

Catholic University 

Dickinson College 

University of Vermont 

Stetson University 

University of New Hampshire 

Bentley College 

Syracuse University 

University of Vermont 

Gregory McDonnell 
Philip Mclnnis 
Daniel McKenna 
Barry McLaughlin 
Alana Mercer 
Amrit Misra 
Patrick Monigle 
Gaylord Noblitt IV 
Meghan O'Malley 
Michael O'Neill 
Michael Oxton 
Ann Peterman 
Gabrielle Petraglia 
Jefferson Phillips 
Aanand Radia 
Angela Rappoli 
Jacqueline Ross 
Eric Schroeder 
Carter Semple 
Kelsey Shannahan 
Andrew Shealy 
Erin Shedd 
Caroline Sillari 
Jonathan Smith 
David Spector 
Matthew Steir 
Gwyneth Stokes 
Gregory Sylvia 
Jan Tabak 
Julia Tataronis 
Judah Thissell 
Allison Tsao 
Douglas Turnbull 
Susana Valverde 
Jenna Wade 
Jonathan Weiss 
Kendra Wroblewski 
Hilary Wyner 
Byung Rhae Yoo 
Tyler Youngblood 
Simon Zirin 

Boston University 

Emory University 

Rochester Institute of Technology 

Year Off - Junior Hockey 

University of Rhode Island 

Johns Hopkins University 

North Carolina State University 

Bates College 

Williams College 

Connecticut College 

Bowdoin College 

Trinity College 

Belmont University 

University of New Hampshire 

Carnegie Mellon University 

Tufts University 

Middlebury College 

Dickinson College 

University of Puget Sound 

Boston University 

University of Vermont 

Providence College 

Roger Williams University 

Ohio Wesleyan University 

Pomona College (Deferred for year) 

St. Lawrence University 

Scripps College 

Rochester Institute of Technology 

Middlebury College 

Smith College 

Hartwick College 

Johns Hopkins University 

Colby College 

Scripps College 

Northeastern University 

Trinity College 

University of New Hampshire 

University of Southern California 

University of Rochester 

Connecticut College 

Northeastern University 

Commencement 2003 - continued from page 4 

by the belief that there is nothing 
one man or one woman can do 
against the enormous array of 
the world's ills. Few will have 
the greatness to bend history 
itself, but each of us can work to 
change a small portion of events 
and in the total of those acts will 
be written the history of this 

Each time a man stands for an 
ideal or acts to improve the lot 
of others or strikes out against 
injustice, he sends a tiny ripple 
of hope, and crossing each 
other from a million different 
centers of energy and daring, 
those ripples build a current 
which can sweep down the 
mightiest walls of oppression 

and resistance. 

They also define each of us, 
and when [R.P.K.] ran for presi- 
dent two years later (the first 
campaign I wrote about and the 
first candidate I got to know) he 
closed every speech until he 
was murdered 35 years ago this 
week with a simple, daunting 
challenge I leave you with: All 

of us can make a difference and 
each of us should try. 

I still believe in the individual; 
I also believe in each of you, 
and I believe that you are ready 
to begin making the choices on 
your own that will define you 
and your generation. 

Congratulations. I 



Morse Flag winner Amrit Misra with parents Janaki and Bijay Misra 

The Morse Flag was first awarded 90 years ago at the 150th 
Commencement of this School on June 9, 1913, and it has been 
awarded each year since that time to the senior whose record in all 
respects has met with the highest approval of the faculty. 
According to the Trust established by the late Rev. Glenn Tilley 
Morse, a long-time friend and Trustee of the Academy, a new flag 
is provided each year in order that the old flag, which has flown 
over the School during the past year, may be given to a member of 
the graduating class. 

That this year's recipient of the Morse Flag is a scholar of the high- 
est order is incontrovertible. He has been a fixture on the high 
honor roll since he enrolled at Governor Dummer, has earned A's 

MORSE FLAG ~ 2003 

in the seven Advanced Placement courses he has taken and has 
incorporated a diverse blend of electives into his program of stud- 
ies. His standardized testing scores are off the charts. But these 
achievements are only outward manifestations of his intellectual bril- 
liance. One of his English teachers said it best when he wrote in a 
year-end comment, 

"He is constantly looking for opportunities to confront new expe- 
rience, new information and to test ways of ordering it, making it 
comprehensible through talk, through argument and negotiation, 
through mathematical reasoning, through artistic expression and 
through writing. Too often, young scholars want quick answers and 
unambiguous solutions. I know you have cultivated a taste for com- 
plexity. In fact you are my irony tester. When you see manipulation, 
prevarication or mendacity, you sight it carefully and then either walk 
way around it or begin to laugh. Satire does not slip by you. Your 
dedication and your intelligence, I believe, will make any teacher 
you have think he or she is brilliant." 

Our honoree lives comfortably in the world of ideas. In fact, it is 
his intellectual playground. It is not unusual to hear him at a lunch 
table debating the origin and nature of matter in the universe or to 
see him cultivating his French language skills during campus walka- 
bouts or observe him pondering a new approach to a complex 
computer programming challenge. Vet as much as his extraordinary 

BARRISKILL PRIZE: " a senior who has 
made an outstanding contribution in the field of music at 
the Academy." 

Allison Leigh Tsao of Newburyport, Massachusetts 

Mike -O'Neill receives Moody Kent Prize for Music from 
Headmaster Marty Doggett 

ing scholar of the graduating class." 

Allison Leigh Tsao of Newburyport, Massachusetts 

"...empathy and respect for others, compassion and com- 
munity spirit are traits highly admired at Governor 
Dummer Academy The Alumni Association Award is 
given to that senior who best exemplifies these qualities.' 

Laura Elizabeth Ellison of Newburyport, Massachusetts 


"...awarded to that senior who through four years of hard 
work, determination and strength of character, has 
worked to develop his or her potential to the fullest and 
in so doing, has been a true credit to Governor Dummer 
Academy. This award carries a stipend to aid in buying 
books for college." 

Shannon Leslie Falvey of Lynn, Massachusetts 


CUMINGS PRIZE: " a student who has 
shown perseverance, hard work and good spirit con- 
tributing to the welfare of the school." 

Lindsay Myra Clunie of Newburyport, Massachusetts 

PHY: " a student at any level whose perseverance, 
sportsmanship and generous spirit on the playing field, 
regardless of distinction" as 'an'athleteyrepresent'tJre'htghest 
standards of participation. 

Megan Ann Lagasse of Newburyport, Massachusetts 

GAFFNEY PRIZE: " a senior who, in the 
opinion of the faculty, has been most considerate of the 
rights, opinions, and sensibilities of others." 

Kelsey Irene Shannahan of West Newbury, 

MERCER ART PRIZE: "to be awarded to 
that senior with exceptional creativity and originality who 
has earned honor grades in all available Studio Art and 
Art History courses, and has participated in all relevant 
activities in search of artistic awareness and proficiency." 

Philip J. Anderson of San Francisco, California 


senior who by his athletic achievement and sportsmanship 
has brought the greatest honor to his school during the 
past year.' 

John F. Leonard IV of Woolrich, Maine 

AWARD: " the senior girl who, by her example and 
achievements in athletics, has brought the greatest honor to 
her school during the past year.' 

Shannon Leslie Falvey of Lynn, Massachusetts 

MOODY KENT PRIZES: "... for outstanding 

achievement in each department of study.' 

ENGLISH Kristen Mane Deforrest of Rowley, 

HISTORY David Samuel Spector of Topsfield, 

MATH Allison Leigh Tsao of Newburyport, 

SCIENCE Amrit Misra of Newburyport, 

MUSIC Michael Dav,d O'Neill of Byfield, 

FRENCH Claire Cecile Marie De Lacvivier of 
Wenham, Massachusetts 



intellect sets him apart from his peers, he has become the heart and soul of 
our community. Arguably, no other student is more genuinely respected by 
his fellow classmates or the faculty at large. He is kind, thoughtful and unpre- 
tentious. He is incredibly generous with his time. He routinely postpones 
starting his own work in order to help others with their homework. Teachers 
regularly call on him for assistance in the area of technology or audio video 
support. The incredibly diverse and relentless programming that occurs on a 
daily basis in The Performing Art Center works in a seemingly seamless fash- 
ion in large part due to his presence. He is a technical wizard, with a master 
craftsman's expertise in lighting design, sound, video and scene construction. 
It is hard to conceive anyone being more efficient, competent, reliable and 

He spoke at our final chapel service of the year and in his all too brief ten 
minutes remarks, we were privileged to have one final window into his won- 
derfully self deprecating sense of humor, his modesty, his loyalty, his passion, 
his wisdom and his devotion to this school. 

He has gracefully served this community in a myriad of ways and in the 
process, has become a community treasure. 

The 2003 Morse Flag was awarded to Amrit Misra of Newburyport, 
Massachusetts. I 

— Headmaster Marty Doggett 

SPANISH Michael A. Oxton of Amesbury, 

GERMAN Meghan Deborah O'Malley of Topsfield, 

LATIN Angela Lauren Rappoli of Danvers, Massachusetts 

ART Garrett Andrew Lyons of Newbury, Massachusetts 


/. Jennifer Marie Arno of Westford, Massachusetts 

2. Tyler O'Neill Collins of Wenham, Massachusetts 

3. Maria Cargill Knapp of By field, Massachusetts 

and awarded in memory of the long-time GDA teacher 
and advisor to the Governor who embodied the qualities 
of selflessness, sense of humor, responsibility to the welfare 
of others and the courage to live by a strong set of person- 
al beliefs. This prize is awarded to the student making the 
greatest positive contribution to The Governor over the 
past academic year." 

Kaitlin Moira Lang of Lynn, Massachusetts 

Katie Lang receives the Edward J. Rybicki 


to a senior whose contributions to the com- 
munity outside the Academy best demon- 
strate the deep concern and unfailing sympa- 
thy for others, for which the Wilkie 
Headmastership is notably remembered." 

Devan Leigh Berry of Wenham, 

THESPIAN: '...awarded for meritorious work in the 
field of dramatics, for inspiring participation, providing lead- 
ership, and developing theatrical knowledge and abilities." 

Michelle DeLa Garza of Long Beach, California 


There are two prizes which are award- 
ed by vote of the entire faculty, the 
Morse Flag and The Academy Prize. 
Upon retirement of Headmaster Ted 
Eames in 1959 the underclassmen of 
the Academy endowed the already 
existing Academy Prize so that hence- 
forth at each commencement it could be given "in honor 
of Edward W. and Eleanor K. Eames so that the qualities 
they so deeply prized might be prized in turn by future 
and succeeding classes." 

This young man has been a member of the GDA com- 
munity for four years. During this time he has earned the 
respect and friendship of students and faculty alike. He is 
at the core of his class because of the affection, dedica- 
tion, and loyalty that he has shown for the Academy. He 
is a scholar, a singer, a leader, a role model, a worker, a 
giver. There is hardly an aspect of our school that has not 
been touched by his presence. His work ethic, moral 
conscience and personal investment are clearly visible in 
the myriad of leadership positions that he has readily 
assumed. He has worked tirelessly for the Admissions 
Office as a Head Tour Guide conducting tours as well as 
managing major events. As a member of the Discipline 
Committee, he endeavored to honor the standards of the 
school and still take into account the individual circum- 
stances of the student in front of the committee. His sen- 
ior year has been consumed by his role as Co-Editor of 
the Milestone; his organizational skills would rival the best 
CEO. He has worked diligently to create a yearbook that 
will personify his class and highlight their contributions to 
the academy. In addition, he has served as Co-Head of 
Harvard Model Congress, a FLIP leader trained to facili- 
tate the ropes courses, a member of the Commencement 
Committee, a Special Olympics volunteer, and has 
recently been elected by his classmates to serve as their 
class agent. His teachers applaud his devotion to his stud- 
ies that is always accompanied by his great sense of humor 
and a signature smile that brings sunshine into their class- 
rooms. His positive attitude, his unselfish commitment to 
the school, his kindness and respect towards others, his 
sense of responsibility, his contagious enthusiasm, and his 
work ethic all speak to the essence of the Academy Prize. 
He truly represents our motto, "not for self, but for 
others," and we have been blessed by his energy and 
dedication. He is an integral part of our community and 
truly embodies the cardinal red in spirit, word, and deed. 
The 2003 Academy Prize was awarded to Daniel 
Joseph Guyton of Rowley, Massachusetts. 

— Headmaster Marty Doggett 



The Headmaster's Cup is 
given to that senior who/ in the 
judgment of the Headmaster, 
has best served the mission of the School. 

The Taoist philosopher Lao-Tse once said that: 

"A leader is best when people barely know he 
exists — 

But a good leader who talks little when his work is 
done and his aim fulfilled, 

They will all say 

'We did this ourselves.'" 

This year the Academy had a leader whose vision, 
strength of character and capacity for good deeds 
reached every member of our community. He has led 
by example and has subtly moved us to new places. 
He has undertaken new experiences and opportuni- 
ties eagerly and enthusiastically. He has approached 
issues and challenges with an open mind and an open 
heart. He deftly combines pragmatism with idealism in 
his worldview. He deftly and gracefully has worked 
to find creative solutions to difficult problems. He has 
superb political instincts but is guided first and fore- 
most by humanistic instincts. 

It would not be entirely accurate to say that our horv 
oree's journey through GDA was exactly low profile. 
To the contrary, he has delighted audiences with the 
full range of his thespian skills, fortified our instrumen- 
tal groups with his musical talents and graced our stage 
with his vocal abilities. His presence and credibility 
helped to set a positive and affirming tone for our 
morning meetings and chapels. All of this said, his 
style and demeanor are definitely understated and self- 

His best self was always in evidence. He helped us 
to see what our own best selves can be. 

The winner of the Peter Bragdon Headmaster's Cup 
was Michael David O'Neill of Byfield, 

— Headmaster Marty Doggett 

The GDA Leap 


The following is excerpted from Headmaster John Martin Do$$ett 
Jr.'s speech to seniors and parents at the 2003 Baccalaureate 
Service in Moseley Chapel. 

Please briefly indulge a 
frustrated history teacher 
who rarely has an oppor- 
tunity to get into the 
classroom. I thought it 
would be interesting to 
learn a bit about two 
unique GDA graduation 
rituals: walking around 
the milestone and jump- 
ing over the Mansion 
House garden wall. The memories of alumni and books by Jack 
Ragle and Mary Elaine Gage provided indispensable information in 
my quest. 

I had assumed that jumping over the Mansion House wall was a 
practice that stretched back to the era of Master Moody in the early 
days of the Academy. Not so. It turns out that the present Mansion 
House garden wasn't even in existence until the 20th century. What 
was actually located in the area where the garden is now situated was 
a small wooden building that was used for "human convenience." To 
the uninitiated, this is 19th century code for outhouse. I would ven- 
ture a guess that precious few people were broad jumping in that area 
in the 1900s. 

Conversations with various older alumni have revealed that no one 
before 1950 can remember jumping over the Mansion House wall. 
All of the alums questioned could remember every Latin declension 
they ever did at GDA and every football score, so I am reasonably 
certain that they would have at least a passing memory of such a 
watershed event. On the other hand, graduates from 1951 on all 
seem to have vivid recollections of taking the leap. Apparently, their 
Headmaster Ted Eames was considered quite an exacting and con- 
trolling figure. Ramrod straight and taciturn, he probably didn't get his 
nickname "the Stick" by accident. He insisted that all official school 
functions be highly scripted and regimented. Apparently, jumping 
over the wall was a spontaneous expression of disapproval by the 
graduates, a reaction to what they felt was the stodginess of Mr. 
Eames. This 50s style student protest was not exactly the Berkeley 
Free speech movement or the Columbia University riots but it was 
certainly revolutionary for quaint Byfield. Apparently the wall jumping 
practice was repeated in 1952 and so, in prep school terms, it 
became a tradition. The former use of this patch of real estate has not 
deterred any jumpers for the last half century, thus probably explain- 
ing the term "leap of faith." 


August | 2003 

Underclass Students Honored 

The following awards and honors were given at a convocation held at 
the end of the school year. Congratulations to all for their recognized 
and unrecognized successes and accomplishments during the 2002- 
2003 academic year! 

AWARD: " an outstanding science 
scholar in recognition of his or her achieve- 
ments in the area of science. 

Jake Williams Rogers '04 of By field, 

PRIZE: " an undergraduate who has 
shown proficiency in the study of lan- 

Elaine Sharland Frey '04 of Amesbury, 

PRIZE: " a junior who has shown 
proficiency in the study of history and has 
displayed community spirit and evidence of 
personal growth. 

Andrew Lee Samel '04 of Andover, 

BOOK AWARD: to a junior who 

has been outstanding in the study of 

Kelsley Michaela Quigley '04 of By field, 


" a student of high character who has 
made substantial intellectual progress and 
who has demonstrated a spirit of coopera- 
tion and helpfulness in the life of the 

Jessica Rose Long '04 of Lynn, 


student who, through perseverance, has 
shown the most improvement in the various 
aspects of school life and has become an 
esteemed contributor to the well-being of 
the Governor Dummer community." 

Elvinson Raul Corporan '04 of Lawrence, 


awarded to that member of the junior class 
deemed most worthy through high scholar- 
ship and character." 

Robin Whitney Havener '04 of Lynnfield, 


"...awarded to a junior for distinguished 
academic performance in a challenging 
program, for demonstrating a sense of 
concern for others and a strong sense of 

Dante Federico DeMeo '04 of Boxford, 

SCHOLARSHIP: to help support 
an industrious and able student at the 

Kathleen Ann Glynn '04 of Darners, 


PRIZE: " a junior who has been 
outstanding in the study of mathematics." 

dun-Sung Han '04 of Kyoungki, Korea 

sented, at the conclusion of their junior year, 
to those scholar athletes - both male and 
female - whose academic and athletic per- 
formance exhibit the character and commit- 
ment to excellence of Carl A. Pescosolido, 
Jr.'55, President of the Board 1980-92." 

Amanda Joan Webb '04 of Danvers, 

Jarid Birse Siegel '04 of Portsmouth, 
New Hampshire 


" awarded for outstanding achievement 


both math and 


Gregory Samuel Solomon '04 of Peabody, 


the member of the sophomore class who 
through attitude and perseverance has made 
the best contribution to the Academy." 
(Selection made by the class of 2003) 

Brian Patrick Morrissey '04 of Winchester, 

YALE BOOK PRIZE:: "given to 
a junior with a love of learning and high 

Kate Elizabeth Shanahan '04 of Peabody, 


Elaine Frey '04 accepting 
the Edmund Coffin Colman 
Language Prize 

Elvinson Corporan '04 accepting 
the Hale Scholarship 

Jun-Sung Han '04 receiving the 
Memorial Mathematics Prize 

Cum Laude Elections for Class of '03 

Elected to Cum Laude in 

Elected to Cum Laude in 

September 2002: 

April 2003: 

Allen D. Cooper 

Sean M. Corbett 

Kristen M. DeForrest 

Laura E. Ellison 

Sung-Jin Kil 

Jessica G. Gray 

Amrit Misra 

Daniel J. Guyton 

Meghan D. O'Malley 

Kaitlin M. Lang 

Michael A. Oxton 

Philip P. Mclnnis 

Angela L. Rappoli 

Patrick W. Monigle 

David S. Spector 

Michael D. O'Neill 

Allison L. Tsao 

Kelsey 1. Shannahan 

Hilary A. Wyner 

Gwyneth E. Stokes 




Traditions - continued from page 8 

Before Governor Dummer graduates jump over the Mansion 
House garden wall, they march around the Milestone, which is 
located in front of Lt. Governor Dummer's ancestral home. In the 
early 1700s, the old Bay Road ran north from Boston through 
Essex County all the way to the New Hampshire line and was set 
with markers indicating the mileage to Boston and the towns along 
the route. Only 10 of these milestones remain; the oldest surviv- 
ing stone is located in front of the Mansion House. It is dated 
1708 (which predates the Mansion House by at least 5 years), 
and it gives the information 5N 33B: 5miles to Newburyport and 
33 miles to Boston: It is made of simple fieldstone with a simple 
flat face. It was carved by John Hartshorn, the first gravestone 
carver in this area of Massachusetts. 

In 1931, at the start of his 29th year headmastership, our friend, 
Headmaster Eames, then much younger, instituted this practice of 
marching around the milestone. Apparently that generation of 
students was more compliant than the class 20 years later. The 
seniors assembled on Sunset Rock adjacent to what is now the 
French building in their caps and gowns. They eventually descend- 
ed down the hill (this was before the days of ambulance chasing 
personal injury attorneys) and filed slowly around the historic 
marker to symbolize their reaching this important educational land- 
mark. This practice became the culminating event in the GDA 
graduation exercise until jumping the wall was introduced twenty 
years later. 

So much for the history lesson 

I have two remaining wishes for the graduating class of 2003. 
The first is that during this last time your class will be together in 
this beautiful Moseley Chapel, you will be appropriately inspired 
both by the well chosen words of the speakers and the talents of 
the musicians who will follow me. Second, that you consider the 
sentiments of 19th century poet Arthur O'Shaughneesy who 

"We are the music makers 

We are the dreamers of dreams 

Wandering by the lone sea breakers 

And sitting by desolate streams 

World losers and world foresakers 

On whom the pale moon gleams 

Yet we are movers and shakers 

Of the world forever, it seems" 

You will be the movers and shakers of the world. That world 
belongs to those who see its possibilities. Steve Ruskin would say 
"dreaming is like believing in God or enrolling in a frequent flyer 
program/ it costs nothing but has potentially transcendent rewards. 
Why not dream? Yours can be audaciously gigantic or laughably 
humble." After tomorrow, your task will be to find new milestones 
to circumnavigate and new walls to jump. 

Go confidently into the world and pursue your dreams. 

And may all your dreams come true. Godspeed. > 


Boadu Wins Ross Award 

Mary Boadu, a GDA freshman from New York, is one of only 
two freshmen nationwide to win a 2003 Diana Ross Academic 
Achievement Award from A Better Chance, a national academic 
talent search agency which offers educational opportunities to stu- 
dents in grades six through college. ABC identifies, recruits, and 
places outstanding students of color in the nation's finest college preparatory schools. 
Since 1963, ABC has placed students at GDA. 

Born in Ghana, Boadu moved to the U.S just four years ago. In her first two semes- 
ters at GDA, she has established herself as a student of unparalleled achievement. "She 
wants to succeed and puts her all into everything she undertakes," according to 
Boadu's adviser, Carolyn Kimball. "All of the comments from her teachers describe 
Mary's attention to detail, her caring, and the depth of her intelligence. She offers 
unusual insights and perceptions about the reading she does, always gleaning the deep- 
er meaning." 

GE Awards 
GDA Student 

The Institute of International Education 
recently awarded Kristen DeForrest '03 a 
2003 GE Star Scholarship in the four-year cat- 
egory. The award includes a financial gift to 



Family Value. 

Adapted from a speech given by Shawn 
Markey, foreign language teacher and 
Associate Dean of Students, at the annual 
Senior Faculty Dinner 

"Taffy" McCann 

John J. 'Taffy" McCann was released from his military duties as an MP 
in 1946 and soon thereafter became a police officer in the city or 
Lawrence/ Massachusetts. This was back in the days when police officers 
used to "walk the beat" and patrol the streets on Harleys. Eight years into 
the job/ he realized the income earned was not nearly enough to care for 
the two young children his wife was tending to at home, so he moved to 
the night shift, purchased an old service truck, and started Lowell Armored 
Car Inc. His armored car service picked up money from businesses and 
deposited it in local banks. In fact, you may have seen this same company 
driving down Route One on the way to the Rowley plaza. 

In 1972, John received a tip from another member of the police force 
that one of his three trucks was going to be "hit" soon. On a day when 
the entire police force was attending the funeral of a slain fellow officer, 
John was sure an attack was likely so he pulled two of his trucks off of their 
route and tailed the only one in service that day. His son Glenn was driv- 
ing the truck, and his good friend Sid was the courier. Two hours into their 
workday, a gray, two-door sedan came flying around the corner with two 
masked men inside. The car came to a screeching halt just as Glenn and 
Sid were exiting the supermarket with three bags full of cold, hard cash. 
The passenger of the sedan jumped out and put a gun to the back of 
Glenn's head and demanded the money. Seconds later, John came 
around the back of the armored car, revolver drawn, and said, "You'll get 
s... here!" The gunman then turned his gun towards John and fired hap- 
hazardly in his direction; John shot back twice, killing the suspect almost 
instantly. The getaway driver, who was holding a shotgun, met the same 
fate as his partner. 

Fast forward to a beautiful day in York beach Maine. Gail and her moth- 
er Arline were inside cleaning up the trailer while John and Glenn were 
outside trying to fix the car. It seemed like one of those "family moments" 
where pure peace and love were in the air. Arline got so absorbed by this 
that she actually started to cry. Moments later she returned to the window 
to see John in a full boxing stance and Glenn standing there with the 
"what did I do" look on his face. Arline threw open the screen door and 
in a voice that rivaled Edith Bunker in distress, started screaming for John 
to stop. What had happened to change this serene setting into the Thrilla 
in Manila? A fly had landed on John's face and instead of brushing the 
fly aside, Glenn had used an open handed slap to squash the bug and 
leave a nice red welt on John's forehead. 


Congratulations to the following members of our community 
who were honored in June for their years of dedicated service 
and commitment to GDA. 

Five years 

Margaret Anderson 
Sean Colgate 
Matt Gettings 
Diane Griesbach 
Scott Kingsbury 
Aaron Mandel 
Bert McLain 
Rod McLain 
Don Millard 
Michelle Orvis 
Kate Pinkham 
Chris Rokous 
Hal Scheintaub 
Dorothea Suggs 
Peter Swift 

Ten years 

Jack Clarkson 
Mark Gerry 
Harold Short 

Fifteen Years 

Joanna Hallisey 
Jason Lacroix 
Dick Searles 
Isaiah Suggs 
Elaine White 

Twenty years 

Peter Bragdon 
Lynda Bromley 

Twenty-five years 

Mark Bernier 
Steve Metz 
Chris Stowens 


Anna Gerry, Patricia Har, Julie Rowe, Sue Savage, 
Gretchen Scharfe 

former uua teacfier John Wgden wrote to correct an 
error in his piece which appeared in the Spring 2003 
Archon about the history of art appreciation at the 
Academy. He learned from Meg Miller, wife of former 
GDA physics teacher Doug Miller '41 (recently granted 
Emeriti status for his years on the faculty at the Academy,) 
that the boy in the Gibney portrait which now hangs in the 
Pescosolido Library is John Fleek, not Philip Gibney. Mrs. 
Miller conducted a play group with both boys and other chil- 
dren in the basement of the infirmary with few amenities: 'no 
furniture, no running water, no nothing!" 



Family Value - continued from page 11 

Ahhh. My family. John 'Taffy" 
McCann was my grandfather who 
passed away in 1985, Glenn is my 
uncle, Arline my grandmother and 
Gail my mother. Well, what's the 
point? I was asked to speak tonight 
and what I wanted to share with you 
was a story about my idol, my grand- 
father. He is not my idol because he killed two robbers and saved 

John McCann with Senator 
Kennedy at St. Mary's Hall 1 952 


son s li 


e is my i 



ecause family came 


Yes, there are times when you want to squash a bug on a fami- 
ly member's face, or parents feel like acting on the old phrase, "I 
brought you into this world, and I'll take you out," but in the long 
run it is necessary to keep in mind how important family is. As you 
go off to college or wherever, take time to sit down and visit with 
your family whenever possible because emails, instant messages 
and telephone calls are nice ways to keep in touch, but sitting 
down with a family member and seeing the true meaning behind 
each word offers so much more. I 

Savoring the Gifts. 

Adapted from a speech by Geoff Brace, 
Fine Arts Department Chair, delivered at 
the annual Senior Faculty Dinner 

Elizabeth Bernard '03, English teacher Maud Hamovit 
and Shannon Falvey '03 

This is my "Senior" year at GDA also, 
and I am still trying to find my footing as the 
days, faces and moments flood past me in 
a torrent that is both confusing and exciting. 

Remember when we were all freshman, 
walking around campus a bit wide-eyed, 
trying to remember all they had told us at 
orientation and working hard to put faces to 
names. I saw in your faces during those 

early days an excitement at having the 
chance to be a part of this community... 
and I got caught up in that excitement, 
feeding off the energy you exhibited. I was 
feeling as if I had the world in a hip pock- 
et, and had finally come to the place, the 
moment I had been working towards. I had 
a beautiful environment to work in; people 
gave me money to buy real supplies/ I no 
longer had to come up with a curriculum 
based on crayons and trips to the dump; 
and the people here were making me feel 
right at home. And besides all that, I mean 
who is kidding whom, I got to be up in a 
room wearing a bib and "playing" with dif- 
ferent materials all day long. 

Yes, I felt like I had it made, but as time 
wore on I began to forget all that I had, and 
how truly fortunate I was. I was a glutton 
who had all he could eat, and therefore 
had no need to be thankful for the bounty 
spread before me. So now I give my 
thanks to all of you, but not only for the 
support, interest and amazing talent that 
made me look good. Having this moment 

Geoff Brace and Thomas Booth '03 at the 
Senior Faculty Dinner 

of retrospection, albeit forced upon me by 
a heartless senior class who wants to watch 
me squirm and squench up here, has been 
an experience for which I am also indebted 
to you all. I have rediscovered the unique- 
ness and greatness that this school, (and 
here I am speaking to the physical sense of 
the grounds and buildings also, but more 
importantly to the individuals who live, 
work and grow in this community) and 
have rediscovered what this community 
affords us... what it has given me. All of 
you have given me an insight into the kind 

Mark Borden '03 and Science teacher Bao Nguyen 



August | 2003 

Moulton Achievement Awards 

Headmaster Marty Doggett and award 
recipient David Van Ness 

This year's winners are 

Laurel Abusamra for long 
standing devotion to the 
Academy and excellence in the 
teaching of French; 

Mark Gerry for excellence in 
the coaching of football and 
commitment to good sportsman- 

Chris Rokous for unwavering 
commitment to all aspects of 
boarding school life; 

Creative, loyal and philanthropic/ Rey Moulton, a Governor Dummer graduate of the Class 
of 1956 and currently a Trustee of the Academy, has endowed a series of annual awards for 
the working people who keep our school progressive and dynamic. They represent twelve sig- 
nificant cash gifts that are divided among teachers, administrators and staff. The pool of can- 
didates for this honor comes exclusively from nominations from fellow colleagues on the facul- 
ty and staff. Award winners from the previous three years are ineligible for consideration as 
well as current holders of teaching chairs and any faculty or staff new to or departing from 
GDA. The previous year's winners serve as a selection committee who narrow the field to 
finalists whose names are then presented to the Headmaster. 

Headmaster Marty Doggett and award 
recipient Dick Leavitt 

Tracy Stickney for talent, 

empathy, accessibility and over- 
all excellence as a dorm parent- 
David Van Ness for dedica- 
tion to all things that are GDA; 
a master statistician, the consum- 
mate weekend MIC and an 
unwavering advocate for stu- 

Dick Leavitt for excellence in 
the teaching of Mathematics, for 
being an articulate champion of 
the intellectual life and the high 
standards of the Academy and 
for his resilience to having his 
heart broken every year by the 
local professional baseball fran- 

Mary Leary for her highly pro- 
fessional management of the 
Pescosolido Library and her 
resourceful procurement of ref- 

Headmaster Marty Doggett and award 
recipient Tina Gibbons 

erence materials for this facility; 

Shawn Markey for the good 
nature, common sense, high 
principles, fairness and sense of 
humor that he brings to his chal- 
lenging responsibilities in the 
Dean's office; 

Isaiah Suggs for being an 
important resource and mentor 
for students. His listening ear 
and voice of encouragement 
have been very helpful, espe- 
cially to boarding students living 

away from home and family. 

Karen Gold for revitalizing 
and improving our summer pro- 
grams and for sensitive and 
effective work with our interna- 
tional students; 

Mark Bernier for the consum- 
mate professionalism, courtesy, 
skill and enthusiasm that he 
brings to his work in the dining 
room. His tasty omelets and 
good cheer help to start our 
days off right; and 

Tina Gibbons for long serving 
and dedicated food service, for 
working extra hours without 
complaint to assist at special 
events and functions. She is our 
baker who daily pleases our 
sweet tooth with cookies, pas- 
tries and cakes. 

Savoring The Gifts - continued from page 12 

of characteristics I would like to faces an excitement to be having the 

exhibit... have given me lessons that I need- chance to be a part of this communi- 

ed to learn, and have shown me the kind of ty. . . and I am seeing this once again 

human being I would like to be... when I in your faces now, as you prepare for 

grow up. your next set of moments. I hope 

So, we come to this moment together, you are able to always look at the 

Four years of growth, both as an individual feast before you, never taking it for 

and as a community, four years of learning, granted, but gorging yourself on what 

four years of experiences or moments with life offers at the banquet, relishing 

which to build the rest of our lives on. I every flavor. ..cherishing every History teacher Perry Nelson, Katherine Hugo '03 and Corey Demuth '03 

mentioned earlier that I saw carried in your moment. ) 



U U V t K I N U K 



Athletic Hall of Fame 

The GDA Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes the outstand- 
ing accomplishments and contributions of members of the 
GDA community who excelled in athletics at GDA and 
beyond, and those coaches and friends who gave their time 
and effort to the athletic programs at GDA. 

In 2002, Governor Dummer Academy established an 
Athletic Hall of Fame Committee under the guidance and 
direction of the GDA Alumni/ae Council to seek out and 
select inductees for the GDA Athletic Hall of Fame. The 
Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of former 
and current GDA coaches, the Director of Afternoon 
Programs, the Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, 
members of the Alumni/ae Council, and the Headmaster 

This year, the GDA Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is 
pleased to announce the inaugural list of inductees. 

Joe Hoague '37 (Deceased) 

Bob Rex '53 

Carl "Skip" Pescosoiido, Jr. '55 (Deceased) 

Ray Huard '67 

Susan Perry '81 

Andre La Fleur '83 

Heb Evans, Coach (Deceased) 

The inaugural induction events will take place on Friday, 
November 7, and Saturday, November 8. On Friday night, 
there will be a dinner for inductees and their guests, featur- 
ing a special multimedia presentation; and on Saturday, 
there will be a short ceremony, featuring the unveiling of the 
plaques at halftime of the GDA vs. Belmont Hill Football 
Game. After the game there will be a larger reception for 
the inductees, their guests, and the entire GDA communi- 
ty in the Alumni Gymnasium. 

Governor Dummer Academy plans to honor inductees to 
the GDA Athletic Hall of Fame every two years. Our next 
Induction Ceremony is planned for the fall of 2005. 



Kelleher Family Faculty 
Recognition Prize 

This prize, in the form of a 
substantial cash award, was cre- 
ated by a GDA family who 
asked that it be given annually to 
a faculty member who, in the 
best tradition of Mastery 
Teaching, has demonstrated 
extraordinary effort and commit- 
ment to students in all areas of 
Governor Dummer life. 

The recipient must be a faculty 
member who has been at GDA 
for at least three years. He or 
she must have had substantial 
contact with students that would 
involve some combination of 
teaching, advising, dormitory 
responsibilities, coaching or 
other extracurricular involve- 

The senior class votes on a 
slate of nominees and then a 
student faculty committee makes 
the final selection. 

Recognized by students and 
faculty alike as an extraordinary 
teacher whose classes are as 
much a symposium on the 
meaning of life as they are about 
the nuances of literary criticism 
and grammar, he is a wise and 
patient dormitory parent who 
has created a safe, supportive 
and inclusive community for the 
girls in his charge. He is a tal- 
ented and imaginative director 
who consistently elicits the very 
best performances from his 
actors and actresses. Students 
are energized and affirmed by 

his presence. His colleagues 
value his support and friendship. 
The winner of the Kelleher 
Family Prize is Paul Want!. 

The Joseph G. Cook, Jr. 
Faculty Enrichment 

To honor the memory of 
Joseph G. Cook, Jr. of the 
Class of 1953 his family, class- 
mates, and friends have estab- 
lished an endowment to sup- 
port our Faculty Enrichment 
Program. The Joseph Cook 
Endowment Grant will be 
awarded each year to an eligible 
member of the faculty and will 
enable that individual to pursue 
a topic of professional interest. 

David Moore, Science 

The first recipient of the Cook 

Grant is David Moore, who 

will be using this funding for a 
travel/study summer trip to the 
Canadian Maritimes where he 
will further research topics in his 
abiding interests of meteorology 
and climatology. 


August | 2003 



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Teaching Chairs 

Endowed Teaching Chairs are 
a visible and significant means to 
support and honor a faculty of a 
great school. This year the 
Academy named four new 
recipients to the existing chairs. 
In addition/ because of the mag- 
nificent generosity of three 
donors/ three newly endowed 
teaching chairs were created. 
Each honoree will occupy his or 
her chair for three years. During 
this time he or she will receive a 
stipend from the income gener- 
ated from the gift. The rest of 
the gift's annual income will be 
used to augment the general fac- 
ulty and staff compensation 

The William Quigley 
Teaching Chair 

This Chair was created by an 
anonymous donor to celebrate 
the sreat master teacher tradition 
that traces its origin back to 

Science teacher Fontaine Bradley, Ph.D 
accepts The Quigley Chair. 

Master Samuel Moody. It rec- 
ognizes the distinguished teach- 

ing and commitment to learning 
that has long characterized the 
Governor Dummer Academy 

He may be the prototype of 
the absent-minded professor. 
When he gets caught up in his 
calculations or his scientific 
explanations everything else 
seems to be put on hold. His 
passion for his discipline is leg- 
endary and he passes along this 
enthusiasm to his students. He 
structures the classroom so stu- 
dents are interested, thrilled and 
fascinated by what they learn. 
One of his former students 
recounts, "He could have tried 
to stuff us full of information, 
prime us all for perfect scores on 
the Chemistry SAT, but he 
knew that if he sought primarily 
to make it interesting, some of 
what we learned would stick 
with us past the end of class. 
He didn't make me want to be 
a chemist; he made me want to 
be a teacher." 

Fontaine Bradley 

The Howard J. Navins 
Senior Master Chair 

The Howard J. Navins Senior 
Master Chair was established 
by Howard F. Stirn, Class of 
1941, to honor teacher, coach 
and role model Howard 
"Buster" Navins who, from 1936 
until 1977, had an extraordinary 
41-year tenure at Governor 
Dummer Academy. 

He has brought both strong 
effective leadership and curricu- 
lar innovation to his academic 
department. In the process he 
has fostered an impressive esprit 
de corps and sense of collegial- 
ity. He brings a strong skill set 
to his duties. He is highly organ- 
ized, meticulous and responsi- 
ble. He has acquired a well 
deserved reputation as a superb 
instructor who teaches the full 
range of the curriculum. He is 
respected for the scope and 
depth of his knowledge of math- 
ematics and his commitment to 
life-long learning. He is equally 
effective with students in the 
most advanced BC Calculus 
sections as he is with introducto- 
ry Algebra students. There is a 
mutual respect between him and 
his students that makes his class- 
room a healthy environment for 
learning. A patient and knowl- 
edgeable coach, he teaches les- 
sons that transcend the playing 

thoroughly and professionally. 
His commitment to GDA and 
his unselfishness are worthy of 

Michael Karin 

Peter Bragdon 
Teaching Chair 

Headmaster Emeritus Peter Bragdon and 
wife Dottie attended Commencement 

field. He is a classic schoolman; 
if assigned a task, one can be 
confident it will be done 

English teacher Lynda Bromley accepts 
congratulations from Marty Doggett 

Established by an anonymous 
donor, the Peter Bragdon 
Distinguished Teaching Chair 
honors the vision and leadership 
that Peter Bragdon provided 
Governor Dummer Academy 
during his sixteen-year 

She gives generously of her- 
self and asks little in return. She 
is particularly well-suited for her 
work because she understands 
what it takes for young people 
to mature, and she is prepared 
to help them as they journey. 
She is sensible, persistent and 
equipped with a ready sense of 
humor. Her judgments are guid- 
ed by a commitment to fairness, 
a sense of proportion and a 
steadfast respect for the truth. 



She is at once a lightning rod 
and a touchstone for this com- 
munity; her decisions are regu- 
larly under the microscope of 
scrutiny but always speak to the 
core values and principles of the 
institution. She is a master at 
seizing the teachable moment 
whether it is in her classroom, 
on the ice or even in the dining 
room. Her unwavering commit- 
ment to students has won her 
their respect and our admiration. 

Lynda Bromley 

The Young Master 
Teaching Chair 

The Young Master Teaching 
Chair was established through 
the generosity of senior parents 
of the graduating classes of 1988 
and 1989 to celebrate excel- 
lence in teaching. The appella- 
tion "Young Master" is a some- 
what relative term. It can 
denote a teacher who is in the 
early stages of his or her career; 
it can refer to an experienced 
teacher who has taught at 
Governor Dummer Academy 
for only part of his or her career 
or it can indicate a teacher 
whose approach to education 
and learning is fresh, invigorating 
and innovative. 

The new holder of this chair 
epitomizes the very best of the 
triple threat tradition. He is an 
exemplary teacher who is 
instinctively generous with his 
time in order to insure that his 
students succeed. He possess- 
es that special intangible quality 
that differentiates the very best 
teachers: the ability to connect 
equally well with all students 

regardless of age, background, 
aptitude or experience. 

He is an outstanding dorm 
parent with a firm but caring 
style. His apartment is a magnet 
for students. He accepts young 

Mathematics teacher Matt Gettings 
receives kudos from the headmaster. 

people for who they are. One 
could not ask for a more animat- 
ed and enthusiastic baseball or 
soccer coach. His warmth, sin- 
cerity, devotion to GDA and 
signatory hello make him part of 
the bedrock of this community. 

Matt Gettings 

Paul Wann 

Distinguished Teaching 

The generous donor of this 
chair has stipulated that it be 
named in honor of one of our 
outstanding teachers. Governor 
Dummer Academy could not 
have anticipated what Paul 
Wann would unleash upon the 
campus when he was hired 17 
years ago. Classes rich with 
scholarship, ideas and candor; 
daring creative theater produc- 
tions; a dorm experience which 
is truly a family; and, yes, in the 
early years, remarkable thirds 
lacrosse teams! More impor- 
tantly, he has served as the pal- 
pable soul and conscience of 

this community. He brings 
exquisite grace and equanimity 
to all his interactions with stu- 
dents and colleagues alike. A 
man for all seasons, he richly 
deserves a distinguished teach- 
ing chair named in his honor. 

Our honoree is a master 
teacher. She is unfailingly gen- 
erous with her time for students. 
They find her to be kind, 
encouraging and understanding. 
She has been a model of con- 
geniality for her colleagues; a 
particularly wise and patient 
mentor for younger faculty mem- 

She asks astute questions that 
cut to the heart of our social 
conscience. She is committed 
to diversity and has worked tire- 
lessly to create a more sensitive 
and tolerant Governor Dummer 
Academy. Her empathy, com- 
passion and social responsibility 
represent what we wish our best 
selves to be. 

Kathy Krall Guy 

William Beale Jacob 

A newly created chair given 
by the generosity of an anony- 
mous donor to honor the career 
of William Beale Jacob. 

A graduate of Bowdoin and 
Harvard, William Beale Jacob 
came to Governor Dummer 
Academy in August of 1930 
after several years of teaching 
Latin at both Groton and 

His colleagues described Mr. 
Jacob as a great teacher who 
maintained a rigorous standard 
and whose students could not 

resist his quiet and searching wit. 
In an essay on Mr. Jacob, Mac 
Murphy, a much-revered mem- 
ber of the Old Guard, referred 
to him as "a man in whom a spir- 
it burned constantly, an intense, 
clear, and enduring flame which 
shed its radiance on everything 

Paul Wann, English teacher and 
Drama Director 

he undertook. He was deeply 
devoted to his students and set 
for them an example of unwea- 
ried pursuit of perfection rather 
than adequacy." 

William Jacob also coached 
the football team and served the 
Academy as assistant 

Headmaster. He died tragically 
in November of 1938. His 
death was a deeply felt loss for 
Governor Dummer. 

The first holder of the Jacob 
chair sets an example of unwea- 
ried pursuit of perfection rather 
than adequacy in his approach 
to teaching. A departmental 
colleague observed that "he is 
constantly tinkering with his 
teaching, ever evolving, aggres- 
sively avoiding stagnancy and 
complacency, always reading, 
forever seeking the Platonic 
ideal." He sets high standards 
for his students and pushes them 
to do their best. 

He is an excellent class advi- 
sor, a committed varsity coach 
and an engaged dorm parent. 


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He genuinely enjoys being in 
the company of students and 
they in turn appreciate his wit, 
warmth/ compassion and friend- 
ship. His high principles, prob- 
ing intellect and generosity of 
spirit have influenced our com- 
munity for the good. 

Perry Nelson 

The Thomas D. Sayles, 
Jr., '49 Chair in honor of 
Art Sager 

Good teachers change the 
way their students view the 
world. Great teachers provide 
the tools for life beyond the 
classroom. Art Sager was such 
a man. From 1930 to 1969, he 
taught the boys of Governor 
Dummer about commitment, 
honor, responsibility and what it 
takes to be a man. 

To celebrate the gifts of knowl- 
edge and wisdom which Art 
Sager gave to him and so many 
other GDA young men, 
Thomas Sayles has endowed a 

teaching chair in honor of his 
beloved mentor. 

Tom Sayles himself became a 
role model for others, a man Art 
Sager would be proud to call his 
protege. Tom graduated from 
Governor Dummer in 1949 and 
went on to earn his undergradu- 
ate degree at Dartmouth 
College and an advanced 
degree at New York University. 
He became a prominent figure 
in the banking industry, retiring 
as Chairman of the Board of 
Summit Bancorp. He has been 
a civic leader, serving as a 
trustee of Overlook Hospital in 
Summit, New Jersey; The 
Papermill Playhouse, one of the 
country's finest regional reperto- 
ry theaters; and the New Jersey 
Chamber of Commerce. 

In addition, Tom has demon- 
strated his lifelong commitment 
to the advancement of educa- 
tion by serving on the New 
Jersey Commission on Higher 
Education, as a trustee and chair 
of the capital campaign of Drew 
University, and by establishing 

the Thomas D. Sayles, Jr. 
Endowment Fund for Faculty 
and Student Research in 
Business and Organizational 
Ethics at Dartmouth. 

It is with admiration and appre- 
ciation that today we thank Tom 
Sayles for his many contributions 
to society, and for this chair he 
has endowed in memory of the 
man he so respected. 

The Thomas D. Sayles Chair 
in honor of Art Sager is award- 
ed to that teacher who best 
embodies the spirit and vigor of 
Tom Sayles Class of 1949 and 
his mentor Art Sager. 

Her professional credentials 
are impressive, she holds a doc- 
torate from Johns Hopkins 
University, is an accomplished 
research scientist, a Fulbright 
Fellow, a procurer of a National 
Science Foundation grant, and 
an academic Department Chair. 
With such a pedigree, one 
might expect her to be an ivory 
tower intellectual who keeps 
mere mortals at arms length. 

Nothing could be further from 

the truth. She is down to earth, 
genuine, personable and unpre- 
tentious. She is firmly embed- 
ded into the fabric of the GDA 
community in a variety of impor- 
tant ways. She is an innovative 
teacher who exposes her stu- 
dents to authentic research 
opportunities. As she coordi- 
nates our community service 
program, she doesn't just admin- 
ister the program, she walks the 
talk of the school motto, "not for 
self but for others." She pro- 
vides sage wisdom and perspec- 
tive as a member of the 
Discipline Committee. Every 
major school committee that is 
impanelled covets her services 
because of her good sense, her 
strong work ethic and her ability 
to think outside the box. The 
credibility and respect she 
enjoys is enormous and well 

Susan Oleszko Szuts 




Common Book Author Chosen 




d is the 

scaping slavery through the 
derground Railroad. It is based on 
true story of a valiant Philadelphia 




groups with Ms. Cary will take place 
December 9 when she will also 
address the entire school and guests at 
a morning convocation. 

Both books are available from the 
GDA bookstore. 


Looking Back at the Year in Sports 

Varsity Softball 


Amanda Webb '03 

The softball season started out a bit slow 
with two losses in our first two games, one 
of which was a 3-2 loss to the eventual 
league champions/ BB&N. We then went 
on a nine-game winning streak due to some 
great pitching, clutch hitting and excellent 
defensive play. We will be losing five sen- 
iors who have been a huge part of the team's 
success, but they are leaving behind a very 
strong foundation that should lead to some 
very exciting play in the upcoming years. 

Danielle Kingsbury, coach 

Varsity Golf 

The Varsity Golf Team, under the eyes of 
coaches Mike Moonves and Babe 
Ceglarski, came into the 2003 season look- 
ing to follow up their strong showings in the 
previous year with some more competitive 
golf. The team was given great leadership by 
the five seniors on the team, Co-Captains 
Tim Johnson and Phil Mclnnis, Jeff Black, 
Andrew Lundquist, and MVP for the 2003 
season, Aanand Radia. Johnson, Black, 
and Radia all received ISL All-League hon- 
ors, Radia doing so at his first appearance at 
the Championships, Johnson and Black 
both for the second consecutive year. The 
team finished second at the championships 
by four shots for the second year in a row, 
this time to Middlesex at their home course 
of Concord Country Club. The team fared 
well once again in the Witherspoon Cup, 

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defending its title from last year by a large margin of victory over 
Phillips Academy Andover and Phillips Exeter Academy. 
Donnie Weiczorek '04, elected to be next year's Captain, made 
a strong contribution throughout the season at the number three 
spot, and he earned many key victories against tough opponents 
for the Governors. Andrew Lundquist compiled a match play 
record of 10-2-1, clearly one of the best in the ISL. His record 
demonstrates the competitiveness he possesses because in match 
play it is only you and your opponent. The Governors had 
hoped to defend their regular season championship from last year, 
but came up short and finished sec- 
ond in the league behind Belmont 
Hill. Brian Gallagher '04, Christian 
Smith '04, Jason Sport '04, Matt 
Reason '04, and Daniel Lundquist 
'06 made contributions to the team 
this year and show great potential 
for the future. The seniors know 
that they are leaving Oulde 
Newbury in good hands. As a 
captain I never thought I would be 
so lucky to spend my last after- 
noons at Governor Dummer with 
such a great group of guys. The 
seniors on the team have watched 
the golf program at Governor 
Dummer make great strides over the 

past four years, and wish next year's team good luck in their efforts 
to continue to build upon what has been created. 

Captain Phil Mclnnis '03 

Varsity Baseball 

The 2003 men of the diamond met with much adversity. 
Battling through numerous reschedulings, indoor practices and a 
few nagging injuries, the Govs put together a good season going 

Christian Smith '04 

Allen Cooper '03 

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10-6-1 overall. Playing with a 
nucleus of seven sophomores, 
the Govs were scrappy and in 
contention for the W in all 
games but one. This bodes well 
for the future, but we are losing 
some veteran leadership in All- 
league and team MVP Allen 
Cooper and four-year letter win- 
ner Marc Borden. Besides the 
rising juniors returning, the Govs 
will be led by captains Tom 
Hyndman and Brian McGuirk 
(all-league selection) as well as 
senior first baseman Toby 
Bradford. With a good group of 
incoming players, we are look- 
ing to improve on this year's 
record and vie for the league 

Shawn Markey, Coach 

Varsity Men's Tennis 

Though this year's team did 
not achieve the lofty goal of win- 
ning the league, like the immor- 
tal Dodgers of the 1950s, we 
take solace and inspiration in the 
words "wait till next year." 
Despite not having a winning 
record on paper, there are still 
many reasons to celebrate this 
team. Our goals at the begin- 
ning of the season were to work 
hard in every practice and push 
each other to become better 
players, to encourage each 
other and to be supportive 
teammates, to blend as a team, 
to win at least three matches, to 
enter each match with a positive 
and confident attitude, to win 
more doubles matches, to 
always exhibit sportsmanship 
and composure on the court, to 
be serious and intense, and also 
have a lot of fun. All of these 
goals were accomplished. 

There are three seniors on the 
team that would like to 


acknowledge. Tyler 
Collins played J.V. 
for three years and 
worked hard to earn 
his way on to the 
varsity in this his senior year. 
Tyler improved immeasurably 
over the course of the spring, 
and he was a consummate team 

Eric Schroeder was our super 
star last year, but due 
to an injury, he 
couldn't play at all 
this year. Eric is a 
two- year captain 
and, like last year, Eric would 
have been one of the top play- 
ers in the league this year. Eric 
set the standard of play for us in 
his sophomore and junior year 
and he certainly elevated the 
stature of our tennis program in 
every way. 

David Spector is a four-year 
varsity player, and a 
two- year captain. 
He played number 
one singles this 
spring and played 
the best tennis of his four- year 
career. David is a great competi- 
tor; he never loses his poise, 
and like everything David does, 
he brings dignity, skill, passion, 
humor, and a healthy perspec- 
tive to the game of tennis. By 
virtue of David's superb leader- 
ship this year and his inspiring 
play, David was also our MVP. 

Perry Nelson, Coach 

Women's Tennis 

The Women's Tennis pre-sea- 
son began with a downer when 
it was learned in February that 
our perennial all-league player 
and two-year captain, Jackie 
Ross, was going to miss the sea- 

L to R- Coach David Moore, Ruth Splaine 
'05, Erin Shedd '03, Becky Roche '06 Sara 
LeBlanc '04, Mike Lynch, Kate Hugo '03, 
Eden Gudonis '03, Katherine Paul '04 and 
Jackie Ross '03 

son with two torn ligaments and 
a stress fracture to her right 
elbow. Jackie turned this 
adversity into a plus when she 
decided to try and play left- 
handed. Within a month she 
had worked her way back up to 
number one on the team lad- 
der. Remarkably, she finished 
the season with a winning 
record, was featured on Mike 
Lynch's Channel Five "High 
Five" for this unbelievable feat, 
and was voted by the league to 
her fourth all-league team. 
Jackie will soon return to play- 
ing right-handed and will com- 
pete for Middlebury College in 
the fall. 

Senior Kate Hugo also had a 
terrific season, finishing with a 
winning record and showing 
true grit in many tight contests. 
She will display her tennis tal- 
ents at Skidmore. Seniors Eden 
Gudonis and Erin Shedd com- 
peted admirably and gained 
some key points for the team in 
close matches. Junior Katherine 
Paul improved immeasurably 
during the season, also gaining 
key points in singles and dou- 
bles and was elected by the 
team as next year's captain. A 
pleasant plus for us was the 
addition of frosh Becky Roche, 
whose athleticism enabled her 
to achieve a winning record for 
the season. Junior Sarah 

LeBlanc and sophomore 
Ruth Splaine stepped in and 
helped the team whenever it 
was short handed. They are 
expected to be stalwarts on 
next year's team. 

David Moore, Coach 

Women's Track 

The Varsity Women's track 
team finished its season in 

Alison Engel '04 and Jessica Long '04 

fine form, taking second place in 
the Independent School Track 
Association's meet on May 10, 
making them runner-up for the 
ISL league championship. 
Outstanding performances 
came from senior Elizabeth 
Dipple of Andover who was 
winner of the 300-meter hur- 
dles; and junior Jessica Long of 
Lynn who placed first in the 
javelin, shot put and discus, her 
36-foot 3/4-inch shot put creat- 
ing a new ISTA record and 
according her, for the second 
consecutive year, the accolade 
of "outstanding field performer 
of the meet." 

At the New England Division 
2 championships, held at GDA 
on May 17, the girls finished 
fourth overall. Elizabeth Dipple 



again distinguished herself/ taking first in the 
300 intermediate hurdles and third in the 
100-meter hurdles. 

Tim Weir, Coach 

Andrew Huebner '06 and Brendan Curran '04 

Men's Track 

In an impressive about-face, the Varsity 
Men's Track team took first in the spring 
New England Division 3 championships, 
besting 17 other teams. Robert Francois, a 
junior from Houston, Texas, was 100-meter 
champion, second in the 200, and anchored 
both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. 
Senior Oliver Burns of Australia took second 
place in both the javelin and discus. 

I was very impressed with the way the boys 
turned their sixth place the week before at 
the ISL meet into a first place performance in 
the New Englands. It was a very close meet 
for the boys, and it came down to the last 
event, the 4x400, emphasizing that every 
point counts. When you win by 3 points, 
everyone on the team knows his point 

Tim Weir, Coach 

Men's Hockey 

The 2002-2003 Men's Varsity Hockey 
team finished the season with a 15-8-3 over- 
all record and an 11-4-1 ISL Keller Division 
record good for second place behind league 
champion St. Sebastian's. For the first time 
since 1992, the Governors qualified for the 
New England Prep School Division I 
Tournament (entering as the third ranked 


Aden's Varsity Hockey Team 

team in the East) but lost to Cushing Academy in the quarterfi- 
nals. Seniors Marc Bastarache (captain), Marc Borden, Taso 
Kapernekas, Barry McLaughlin, Andy Shealy and Jan Tabak pro- 
vided solid leadership and strong play throughout the season. 
Bastarache was selected by his teammates as the MVP and Tabak 
received the Wasson Award as this year's unsung hero. 
Bastarache, Brian McGuirk (captain), Don Wieczorek and Kevin 
Kapstad were recognized as All-League in the ISL. The 2003- 
2004 team will once again be led by McGuirk who, with the 
help of 14 returning players, will look to continue to build on the 
program's recent success. 

Peter Kravchuk, Coach 

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The Women's Hockey team ended the 2002-3 season with 10 
wins and was two places out from its second New England bid 
in three years. With solid performances from 16 players from all 
four classes, the future of GDA hockey looks promising. We 
were blessed with great leadership from a dynamic senior class that 
included two-year captains Shannon Falvey and Jenn Arno. Four 
of the six seniors were on the team for their entire careers here and 
witnessed both highs and lows during that time. With a good 
crop of underclassmen, there is no telling how far next year's team 
might go. Three players received honorable mention All-League 
status: sophomores Kelsey Johnson and Torie Allen, and fresh- 
man Erin Connors. Thanks to Shannon, Jenn, Lexi Heersink, 
Megan Lagasse, Eden Gudonis and Lindsay Clunie for their hard 
work and dedicated effort to the program during their time at 
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year's roster could make for a 
great season. Be sure to follow 
the trail of next year's team. 

Babe Ceglarski, Coach 

Varsity Women's 

The Varsity Women's 
Basketball team enjoyed a suc- 
cessful season led by captains 
Meghan O'Malley and Jessica 
Long. A young and deter- 
mined team made steady 
improvement throughout the 
season, ending up 7-5 in the 
ISL and 8-10 overall. Perhaps 
our most impressive and reward- 
ing contest was against the 
undefeated Brooks School cap- 
turing the win 52-47. That 
game demonstrated that as a 
team, we could come together 
and accomplish any task we put 
our minds to. Some individuals 
who shined throughout the sea- 
son were Meghan O'Malley 

Erin Flynn, Assistant Coach 

Varsity Volleyball 

The Varsity Volleyball team 
had a victorious season with an 

Meghan O'Malley '03 

and Julie O'Shaughnessy who 
were both recognized at the 
Class B New England 
Women's All-Star Game. 
Meghan was also awarded ISL 
All-League Honors while Julie 
received Honorable Mention. 
All of the ladies should be com- 
mended for their determination, 
hard work and excellent sports- 
manship as they took on a chal- 
lenging schedule. 

Brooke Eaton '03 

overall record of 11 wins, 3 loss- 
es and no ties. The girls took a 
close second place in the New 
England finals at the Gunnery 
School in Connecticut after win- 
ning first place at the Eastern 
Massachusetts Volleyball tour- 
nament (formerly the Eastern 
Independent League tourna- 
ment). Seeded as the number 
three of six teams, the team from 
GDA began the tournament 
with a game against Beaver 
Country Day School, victorious 
in both matches. The second 
competition came when the 
home team of Milton split 
matches with GDA, with a very 
exciting second contest earning 
GDA a 25-12 win. GDA 
pushed on to meet Buckingham, 
Browne and Nichols for the 
third time, winning once again. 
GDA made it to the finals to 
play a young, but tough team 
from Bancroft. Match one had 
both teams neck and neck until 
the very end when GDA pulled 
out a 27-25 win. Intensity grew 
in the second match and the 
Governors walked away with a 

clean, well-deserved win. 
Coaches from all teams voted 
senior outside hitter Gabby 
Petragiia All Tournament MVP 
and junior setter Emily Moore 
GDA all-star. We bid farewell 
to seven amazing graduating 
seniors, but we have five talent- 
ed athletes to carry the torch 
next season. 

Lynne Hueber, Coach 

Varsity Men's Soccer 

We set for ourselves a goal of 
winning ten games this season, 
and ended up with a 
respectable record of 7-7-2. 
We tied two games that we 
thought we should have won, 
and we lost three games by a 
one-goal margin that could have 
gone either way. Our goal 
always seemed to be within our 
sight, but ended up always 
being just out of our reach. 

The highlight of the season 
was our 1-0 win over Brooks 
during Parents Weekend. Kevin 
Kapsted scored a beautiful goal 
midway through the second half, 
and our defense stood strong to 
preserve the shutout for Alex 
Berry. The game is played for 
the coveted Navins-Eusden 
cup, and we are all very proud 
to have this cup back in Byfield. 
It was an exhilarating, hard 
fought, emotional, gutsy game, 
and one that won't be forgotten 
for a very long time by the play- 
ers or the coaches. 

Several players deserve note. 
Three players were named to 
the ISL All-League team. Jarid 
Siegel was named to the first 
team and Pat Monigle and 
Kevin Kapsted were named to 
the second team. Tim Johnson 
played varsity soccer for four 
years, which is something that is 

Jeremy Beech '04 

rarely achieved. Through his 
commitment and hard work, he 
helped' rebuild the program and 
was an outstanding leader as 
one of our co-captains. 

This year's MVP award went 
to Pat Monigle, an individual 
who is very passionate about the 
game of soccer. He works as 
hard as he can in every practice 
and in every game. He was our 
spiritual leader in the locker 
room and our field general on 
the pitch. He has been one of 
the keys to our resurgent success 
over the last two years, and he 
was an outstanding co-captain 
this year. 

Perry Nelson, Coach 

Varsity Football 

Finishing with a record of 7 
wins and a single loss, the 2002 
team was outstanding. GDA 
was second in the league in 
scoring, with 227 points and 
third in team defense, allowing 
only 95 points. Led by a 
remarkable group of seniors — 
Brandon Bates, Josh Baumann, 
Oli Burns, DJ Connaughton, 
Chris Ebinger, Ben Gobin, 
John Leonard (co-captain), 




Garrett Lyons (co-captain)/ and Gres 
McDonnell — the team improved steadily as 
the season progressed. By the time we faced 
Belmont Hill in our last game of the season/ 
we were well-polished and eager. For us, 
there was only one acceptable outcome in 

Quinn McGonigle '04 

that rivalry, and we were fortunate enough to 
reach that goal. 

Our captains and seniors deserve special 
thanks, and several other players also deserve 
recognition. DJ Connaughton received the 
Coaches Award for his role as our unsung 
hero as a special team's maverick, and for his 
work ethic in practice. Sophomore running 
back Brian Morrissey, second in the league 
in scoring, was overwhelmingly voted as 
team MVP. Josh Baumann, junior Robert 
Francois, John Leonard, Garrett Lyons, jun- 
ior Quinn McGonigle, and Morrissey 
earned selection to the All-League team. 
Next to these award winners was a unified 
team consisting of individuals who were 
committed to a common cause and who 
were passionate about the great game of 
football. Lucky for us, many of these players 
are returning next year for what promises to 
be another noteworthy season. Please stay 

Mark Gerry, Coach 

Varsity Women's Cross-country 

The 2002 varsity team completed its ISL season with a 12-0 
mark, its third consecutive undefeated season and the fifth unde- 
feated team in GDA Womens' X-C history. As defending 
champ, the team placed second of 13 teams, by three points, to 
Groton in the ISL Championship meet at St. Mark's. Also two- 
time defending champ in the Div. II NEs, GDA placed second of 
21 teams to Hopkins Grammar at the Berkshire School. 

The team was led by junior Lesley Clunie, who won all but one 
regular season meet, placed fifth in the league meet, and repeat- 
ed as NE champion. She broke Nobles' course record and also 
the Berkshire NEs course record by :12. The old record (1996) 
was held by Claire Shearman, GDA'98, an All-American runner 
at Division I Providence College. Heading the All-NE Team, 
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Alexis Colby GDA '91 in 1990. The success of this team 
depended on its strength, speed, depth and tight pack. Senior 
tri-captains Laura Ellison, Gwyneth Stokes and Julia Tataronis 
were ably supported by juniors Kelsey Quigley, Anya Ravitz, and 
Lindsey Marsh as well as by sophomores Caroline Ott and 
Hannah Sylvester. Ellison and Stokes, four-year veterans, helped 
their team to two firsts and two seconds in the NEs, a third, first 
and second in the league championships, and three undefeated 

David Abusamra, Coach 

Varsity Men's 

The 2002 GDA Men's Varsity Cross-Country team finished 
the season with a 6-9 record in the Independent School League. 
Led by senior Co-Captains Tyler Voungblood and Sean Corbett, 
the team was comprised of several returning runners (Jay Ruais 
'04, Jon Smith '03, Carl Noblitt '03, Brendan Curran '04, Greg 
Ceglarski '04) and a promising trio of new recruits (Andrew 
Huebner '06, Jordan Nankov '05, Zach Cotreau '06). As a 
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around 1:30 and a 1-7 split of 
about 2:30. Against the 
stronger teams in the league, 
they ran courageously in defeat, 
and against the weaker teams 
they ran with confidence and 
strength in victory. Highlights of 
the season include an excellent 
team effort in the race at 
Belmont Hill: though it resulted 
in two losses, the team fought 
hard on a monotonous cir- 
cuitous course. The race on 
Parents Weekend also deserves 
mention as the boys ran strongly 
against powerhouse St. Paul's. 
While the team's result in the 
ISL Championship race at St. 
Mark's was a disappointing 12th 
of 16 teams, the boys rebound- 
ed in the New England 
Championship race held at 
Brooks. There they earned a 
ninth place finish out of 19 
teams, and several runners set 
personal records. At the varsity 
banquet that concluded the sea- 
son, Andrew Huebner was 
named the team MVP for his 
several top finishes for the team, 
and Tyler Voungblood was the 
recipient of the first Abusamra 
Coaches Award, an honor 
established this fall. 

David Abusamra, Coach 

Field Hockey 

Claire de Lacvivier '03 

This year's varsity field hockey 
team completed the season with 
a 13-3-1 record, marking the first 
winning record for the team 
since 1988, and garnering the 
first New England Field Hockey 
Championship in GDA history. 
When I came to GDA as a stu- 
dent, I promised to bring home 
two banners for GDA. When I 
graduated with only one, it was 
my dream to return to GDA 
and earn the other. This year's 
team took my dream and made 
it their own. These girls would 
have done anything for me and 
coaching them was the highlight 
of my athletic career. They are 
the best. I hope that they will 
always remember that nothing 
worth getting ever came easy 
and to always play with pride 

because they earned it. The 
future of GDA field hockey 
looks bright! 

Highlights of the season 
included big wins over previ- 
ously undefeated St. Paul's, 
Suffield, and Kimball Union, 
and post-season wins over 
Suffield Academy and Sacred 
Heart (including four goals in 
the first six minutes of the semi- 
final game, though one was 
called back). The many team 
dinners were also a highlight. 
Six graduating players will con- 
tinue to compete in college: 

~ Annie Peterman and 

Shannon Falvey at Trinity 

~ Megan Lagasse at St. 

~ Angela Rappoli at Tufts 

~ Allison Marcoux at the 

University of Vermont 

Individual Honors: MVP, 
Shannon Falvey; All-League, 
Shannon Falvey, Stirling 
Winder, and Moira Talbot; 
All-League Honorable 
Mention, Ashley Foley 

Moira Talbot was leading 
scorer. Goalie Angela Rappoli 
had 5 shutouts. 

Gretchen Scharfe, Coach 

Erin Shedd '03 and StirlingWinder '04 

From field hockey 
team co-captain, 
Shannon Falvey 

/ cannot say enough about the 
field hockey team this year. We 
were pretty top heavy with 12 
seniors, but the six underclass- 
men were a solid core. I don't 
think that anyone, except Ms. 
Scharfe, knew how good we 
were at the beginning of the sea- 
son. It was actually surprising to 
see how good we were once 
we stepped on the field. I think 
what was key for us was our 
transition game; it was virtually 
flawless. Stirling Winder and her 
amazing hits would immediately 
switch the game from defense to 
offense. Jackie Ross could not 
be stopped and easily tallied 
over 10 points within the first 
few games of the season. Moira 
Talbot, our highest scorer, 
would weave throughout the 
defense only to finish with pic- 
ture perfect goals. Annie 
Peterman held the midfield 

Varsity Women's Field Hockey Team 




Megan Hartnett '05 

together with great stick skills and perfect 
passes. And finally Angela Rappoli was a 
rock in net - the team was just too deep to 
be beaten... EVERYONE played a part on 
this team, and we had such a great time 
doing it. 

Varsity Women's Soccer 

While the women's soccer record this year 
was certainly not outstanding, what was out- 
standing is the way the players never gave 
up. We were plagued with injuries and con- 
sequently many new young players were 
forced into major contributing positions. By 
the end of the season, five freshman players 
were seeing significant playing time. If you 
followed our season, you'd note that we 
matured as a team, winning 4 of the last 5 
games. These were huge wins against big 
teams such as St. Paul's and Exeter, which 
was ultimately seeded ninth in the A divi- 
sion, narrowly missing a berth in the New 
England Tournament. One might certainly 
refer to this as a building year for the 
women's team, building in skill, building in 
character and building as team. All of this 
bodes very well for future of the program; 
with the experience the young players 
gained this year, coupled with maturity, the 
team is truly looking forward to next fall's sea- 

Bert McLain, Coach 

Varsity Men's Basketball 

This year's Varsity Men's Basketball team 
finished the season with a 6-9 record in ISL 
play and was 7-16 overall. By the standards 
of past teams, this was a disappointing sea- 
son, one of very few losing seasons over the 
past quarter-century. Losing starting point 
guard Elvinson Corporan to injury early in 
the season contributed to the disappointing 

Sayer Sweeney '04 

record, but the team simply did 
not have the impact type players 
needed to compete against the 
better ISL and NEPSAC teams. 
Still, this was a young team with 
no senior on the roster. Time and 
again these players demonstrated 
heart and determination, general- 
ly against stronger opponents. 

Nick Tomaino finished as the 
ISL's third leading scorer, earning 
All-League Recognition. He also was the team MVP. All-League 
honorable mention awards went to Elvinson Corporan, Raul Cruz 
and Rob Francois. 

Stephen Metz, Coach 

Varsity Men's Lacrosse 

The 2003 Men's Lacrosse team finished with a record of 6 
wins and 10 losses. Injuries, illness and bad weather conspired to 

prevent this young group 
from getting rolling. John 
Leonard and Taso 
Kapernekas as captains 
provided the leadership. 
After a 5-2 start and a nice 
win vs. St. George's, 
injuries took their toll. The 
Red Dogs battled hard, los- 
ing several games by close 
margins and remaining 
competitive throughout. John Leonard was named team MVP 
and Ben Gobin received the Senior Lacrosse Trophy. With a 
strong nucleus returning, and an excellent JV program, the future 
continues to be bright for the Red Dogs. 

Peter Bidstrup, Coach 

Varsity Women's Lacrosse 

The Varsity Women's Lacrosse team had a 
rebuilding season after being co-champions 
of the league last year. Returning players 
stepped up to help the team win some big 
games. Five players on the team made one of 
the five New England Schoolgirls Lacrosse teams. Junior Moira 
Talbot was the team's leading scorer and senior captain Annie 
Peterman was second leading scorer as well as the team's M.V.P. 
Most of the squad will be returning next year with high hopes of 
taking the next step towards another championship season. 

Anna Gerry, Coach 

D.J.Ward '04 

Megan Lagasse '03 

24 I Tie Anion 

Alumni Awards 

Alumnus of the Year, Marc Tucker' 68 


Each year the 
Alumni Council 
selects an alumnus 
who has been unfail- 
ingly loyal to the 
Academy and has 
been an active and 
contributing member 
of his or her commu- 
nity. Jim Deveney/ president of the Alumni Council 
presented the award during Reunion 2003. 

This year's recipient has been, in a variety of ways, 
closely associated with GDA for many years, as was 
his family when he was a student here. For a good 
number of you, his family made sure that sartorial 
splendor was an everyday occurrence in Byfield. 
Today he is an ever-present figure on campus. 
Whether it's watching games or musical performances 
or attending various committee meetings, this gentle- 
man has put his heart and soul into the Academy. 

During his four years at GDA he did it all — Cum 
Laude, Milestone and Governor staff, Dormitory 
Proctor, Red Key, a three sport athlete and captain of 
two — in sum, excellence in academics, athletics and 
leadership — he was known for his "competitive drive, 
his unflagging spirit... and his dedication to team 
rather than self." 

Fortunately for Governor Dummer, he continues to 
dedicate to team rather than self — in his own com- 
munity, for his family — he is the glue for his class, a 
longtime member of the Alumni Council, and 
presently on the recently formed Athletic Hall of 
Fame Committee. His regular presence on this cam- 
pus is special. 

Celebrating his 35th Reunion with the great class of 
1968, this year's Alumnus of the Year Award went to 

Marc Kray Tucker 

Highest Participation 

Silver Bowl Awards 

went to Class of 

1978 alumni Ike 

Suggs, Leslie Russell 

Lafond and 

Scott M. Pope 

John Davidson '35 with 
his son Barry '67, 
holding the silver bowl 
he was awarded as 
Oldest Alumnus in 

Silver Bowl for Most 
Reunion Dollars Raised 
went to Class of 1973 
alumni Robert £ 
Phillips, G. Douglas Pope 
(pictured with Alumni 
Council President Jim 
Deveney '60 on the 
left), and Edward C. 




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C/ossof /953 

(/eft to right) 

Dick Man, Frank Dow, Tom 
Craig, Tom Whitney, George 
Bowden, Ed Dodge, Charlie 
Palmer, Larry Guild, Dick 
Osgood, Phil Smith, Bill King, 
Bill Plumer, Windy Gale, Tom 
Windle, Dick Devane 

Winner of the Pie Race, 
Claire Shearman'98 

Class of I 958 

(left to right) 

Jack Morse, Harvey Hayden, 
Ralph Ardiff.Jim Sylvester, 
June Withington, 

Tom Whitney '53, 

Alison Whitney, 

Dick Osgood '53, 

Carol Windle, Bill Plumer 

'53,William King '53 

Class of 1963 

' (left to right) 

Frank Gummey, Susan Gummey, 
RobertTaylor, John Maclntyre 

Class of 1968 

(left to right) 

Wayne Barbaro.Ash Eames '48, 
Harold Levine, Carl Spang, 
Ted Brooks.ValWilkie, Bill Degen, 
Jim Rudolph, ArtVeasey, Rob Lord, 
Josh Burns, Tom Jacobs, Bob Parsons, 
John Emerson, Carl Berntsen, Steve 
Robinson, Chris Page, Harry Kangis, 
Steve Murphy.Ted Nahil, Dan 
Spofford, Marc Tucker, David 
Mitchell, Jay Worthen, Dan Look, 
Charlie Johnson, Rich Kaye-Schiess 

Charles Palmer '53, 
Bill King '53, Pat Palm 
Cindy King, Julie Smitt 
Phil Smith 'S3 

Class of 1973 

(left to right) 

Dave Metcalf, Mark Hoffman, 
Doug Pope, Craig Dowley, 
Bob Phillips, Tony Hall, Gordon 
Thompson, Chris Baker, Jaike 
Williams, Dolf Haffenreffer 

Old Guard 


August | 2003 

On Saturday, June 14, a 
bench on the lawn of 
Boynton House was 
ledicated to the memory of 
Brendon Oreto '98. 
Classmate Beth Pilkington 
sang a song for the group 
ofGDA friends assembled 
for the event Other class- 
mates placed yellow roses 
on the bench. 

Runners enjoyed a rest 

ifter finishing GDA's annual 

\eunion Weekend Pie Race. 

Warm fruit pies went to 

all the competitors. 

(left to right) 

c ront Row: Jamie Brayshaw, 

Amy Brayshaw,Ted Smith 

'88, Mary Gerry (sitting), 

Sarah Bradshaw '83, 

Judy Rokous 

Middle Row: Paul Bucci '88, 

Mary Stevens, Susan 

Gummey, Susan Perry '81, 

Anna Hill Gerry '85, 

Claire Shearman '98, 

ack Row: Dana Stetson '78, 

Rick Neville 18, 

Geoff Peters 13 

Class of 1978 

(left to right) 

Jim Giampa, Todd Dagres, 

James Goodhart, Leslie Russell 

Lafond.Tina Heffron Fisher, 

Geoff Gywnne, Tom Driscoll, Peter 

Hey, Curtiss Fox, Alice Moseley- 

Granlund, Laurie Altschuler, Doug 

Beattie, David Drukker, Scott Pope, 

Greg Kaknes, Rolf Dammann, Doug 

Minster, Greg Rose, Pom Webb 

Gentile, Andrew Robinson, Dana 

Stetson, John Webster, Anna Markos 

Bussing, Ike Suggs, Ray Casey, 

Phil Ogden.Jon Palais, Brad Clark 

Class of 1983 

(left to right) 

Hope Williams, Sarah Bradshaw, 

Ann Sperry Vajda, Danielle 

Schwartz Jacobs, Greg Skaff, Laura 

Koffman Reed, Calab Ham, 

Mark Staley 

Class of 1988 

(left to right) 

Julie Miller Segal, Kara Moheban 

McLoy, Kristina VonTrapp Frame, 

Chris D'Orio,Anne Cole, Heather 

Moore Roche, Damon Kinzie, 

Charity Lombard! Simard, Heather 

Hinrichs,Andy Noel 

Bob Rex '53, Headmaster 
Marty Doggett, Dick Osgood 
'53, and former faculty member 
Bill Sperry enjoyed Reunion 
Dinner in the Alumni Gym. 

Class of 1993 

(left to right) 

Tucker Trainor, Kenseth Thibideau, 

Use Abusamra, Eric Edholm, Shawn 

Markey, Archie Seale.Jen Saunders, 

Nancy Stevenson 

English teacher 

Maud Hamovit 

conducted a class 

discussion with 

Ml King '53, Cindy 

King '53 and John 

Maclntyre '63 

Class of 1998 

(left to right) 

Front Row: Robin O'Reilly, 

Beth Pilkington, Erika Ruff, Kate 

Katzenberg, Emily Novis, 

Elle Erickson.JillWelenc, Hillary St 

Jean, Caitlin Marino, Claire 

Shearman, Sarah Turner, Adelle Lilly, 

Alex McHale 

Back Row: Phil Venturelli, Chris 

Prendergast, Unidentifiable, Patrick 

Forrest Greg Carroll, David 

Chapman, Andy Ramirez, Shane 

O'Neill, Hans Carbonneau, Gabe 

Wayne, Jacob Chase, Kevin 

McDormand, Mike Meagher 



Emeritus Honorees 2003 

Honoree, former 

Headmaster Val Wilkie, with Trustee 

President Dan Morgan '67, P'97, '02 

The Academy Board of Trustees, 
based on a proposal by the Faculty Life 
Committee, voted and approved the ini- 
tiative to grant emeritus status to all fac- 
ulty and staff who retire from GDA with 
an aggregate of no fewer than 25 years 
or equivalent of full-time employment at 
the Academy, and to headmasters who 
retire from GDA. Emeritus faculty will 
be listed first, after the headmaster, in 
appropriate GDA publications, will be 
honorary invitees to special school 
events, and will be invited to walk at 
Commencement. This honor is con- 
ferred retroactively to all eligible faculty, 
headmasters and staff, living or 
deceased, who served GDA in the last 

On June 14, at a special ceremony 

during Reunion Weekend, 23 Governor 

Dummer Academy faculty, staff and 

former headmasters were honored with 

emeritus status. Headmaster Marty 

Doggett delivered words of admiration 

for all the honorees. 

Marguerite Ames 1951-1978 

Secretary to the Director of Studies 

A devoted and loyal assistant to the 
Director of Studies. Thorough, unflap- 
pable and efficient, she was a critical play- 
er in the academic scheduling of the 
school; an endeavor that can sometimes 
rival the planning for D-Day with its levels 
of complexity. Her kindness was leg- 
endary. She would regularly invite home- 
sick boarding students for proverbial doses 
of tea and sympathy. 

Robert E. Anderson 1957-1996 

Teacher of Science, Coach, Dormitory 
Master and Athletic Director 

The triple threat, teacher, coach and 
dorm parent are at the core of a successful 
residential school. Bob Anderson repre- 
sented the very best of this tradition. He 
was passionate about everything that he 
did and was totally committed to the stu- 
dents at GDA. He was highly respected 
as one of the leaders of the Independent 
School League Athletic Directors. A man 
of high principles and vision. 

Pierre N. Baratelli 1967-1997 

Teacher of Foreign Languages, Dormitory 

Master, Department Chair and 

Director of Humanities 

Pierre taught French language and culture 
with a savoir-faire and elan that were both 
distinctive and memorable for his students. 
He was an artist in his own right and 
believed strongly that Governor Dummer 
should expose students to the cultural pos- 
sibilities in the greater Boston area. He 
established the Humanities program which 
continues to provide GDA students with 
opportunities to attend plays, concerts, 
ballets and museum events. 

Peter Bragdon 1983-1999 


Peter Bragdon provided GDA with 
exemplary leadership during his 16-year 
headmastership. He was a master builder, 
a boarding school version of Robert 
Moses. The physical improvements he 
oversaw literally transformed this campus 
while still maintaining its distinctive New 
England charm and beauty. More impor- 
tantly, he built a tight-knit community, a 
place where students and faculty cherish 
and support each other. 


August I 2003 

Former Assistant to the Business Manager, 

Sylvia Lunt poses with 

Dan Morgan'67, P'97, '02 

and watercolor of Schoolhouse given 

to all emeriti. 

Emeriti recipients, The Meister Singers and 
Alumni sang the Senior Song. 

Emeriti (left to right): Edna Finnegan, Louise Lovell, Sylvia Lunt, Jean Niederer(daughter of Marguerite Ames), 

Jean Sutton(daughter of Art Sager), Douglas Miller, William Sperry, David Abusamra(representing Pierre Baretelli), 

Jack Ragle, ValleauWilkie, (back to camera) Clark Neily, John Witherspoon, Ash Eames (son of Edward Eames), 

Stephen Murphy(son of Mac Murphy), Peter Dunning(son of Edgar Dunning), Bob Anderson, R.V. Evans 

(brother ofHeb Evans), David Williams.Tom M. Mercer Jr. (Tom Mercer's son), Peter Bragdon, Cora Martin 

(Ben Stone's granddaughter), Alec White. 

Edgar Dunning 1930-1966 

Teacher of English/ Dormitory Master and 

Business Manager 

Edgar Dunning was known for his eye for 
nuance and detail. This was true both in 
his analysis of literature with his English stu- 
dents or in carrying out his responsibilities 
as Business Manager. No portion of the 
campus or any of our historic buildings 
escaped his constant scrutiny. His building 
inspections were anticipated with consid- 
erable fear and trepidation by dormitory 
parents because of his reputation for high 
and exacting standards. One of the mem- 
bers of the legendary Old Guard. 

Edward W. Eames 1939-1950 

Headmaster (conferred posthumously) 

One of the giants in the annals of twen- 
tieth century headmasters/ Mr. Eames was 
responsible for bringing Governor 
Dummer Academy to a significant place 
among American boarding schools. He 
was a principled and demanding leader of 
the school but he inspired great loyalty. 
He had an uncanny eye for faculty recruit- 
ment, and was responsible for hiring and 
retaining some of the Academy's most dis- 
tinctive teachers. 

G. Heberton Evans III 1948-1985 

Teacher of Mathematics Coach, 

Dormitory Master 

(conferred posthumously) 

A lacrosse and wrestling coach for the 
ages. Heb Evans inspired fierce loyalty 
and devotion from his players. The lessons 
he taught his players transcended the play- 
ing field. He published four books on 
lacrosse, one of which he wrote with col- 
league Bob Anderson on lacrosse funda- 
mentals that remains a primer for every 
coach. A committed math teacher, many a 
lost or shipwrecked student was guided 
through the stormy seas of algebra and 
geometry by his patience and caring. 

Edna Finnegan 1951-1980 

Bookkeeper and Receptionist 

For many years, Edna Finnegan was the 
voice of GDA over the switchboard. Her 
cheery and friendly manner over the 
phone immediately put folks at ease. Edna 
was always an outstanding ambassador for 
the Academy. She was a tremendous 
source of institutional wisdom. If one ever 
had a question about the school or its 
operations, Edna always knew 
the answer. A valued and respected co- 

Irene Freeman 1970-2001 

Receptionist and 
Administrative Assistant to Headmaster 

Irene Freeman ran the central office at 
the Academy like a Swiss watch. 
Extremely well organized, she oversaw key 
events like graduation, opening of school 
and Mansion House functions with an 
impressive eye for detail. Her anticipatory 
skills were uncanny, she was the prototype 
for the character of Radar O'Reilly in the 
TV show MASH. She knew what need- 
ed to be done, when and where and 
how. She made disorganized Headmasters 
look mildly capable... I can speak from 
experience on this score. 

Louise Lovell 1940-1986 

Secretary to the Headmaster 

Louise is a remarkable and capable 
woman who has the distinction of having 
served three headmasters. She arguably 
ran the school for almost four decades. A 
model of discretion and efficiency, she 
supervised the affairs of school with 
aplomb. Like Irene Freeman, she knew 
intuitively how lost and befuddled head- 
masters can be. Her firm guidance and 
amazing memory kept them on track. 



. Sylvia Lunt 1943-1984 

Assistant to the Business Manager 

If Louise Lovell kept headmasters in line, 
Sylvia Lunt did the same for three Business 
Managers. Always lively and personable, 
she cut an impressive swath through 
Governor Dummer during her distin- 
guished tenure. One never had to venture 
beyond her desk to get anything done at 
the Academy. She and her sister 
Wilhelmina have been community fixtures 
off of Newbury Green and continue to 
grace GDA with their presence at all 
major school functions. 

Thomas M. Mercer 1930-1969 

Teacher of English, Department Chair, 

Coach and Dormitory Master 

(conferred posthumously) 

Tom Mercer was a true scholar of 
English literature and the embodiment of a 
southern gentleman. Last evening, at Old 
Guard reunion dinner, a gentleman 
proudly boasted to me that "Uncle Tom 
taught me how to write " This is a com- 
ment that I hear frequently from older 
alumni as I travel about the country for 
GDA. Anyone who was fortunate 
enough to have studied in his unique 
classroom, Uncle Tom's cabin, can 
remember with affection his famous 
Mercergrams. He was one of GDA's 


Douglas L. Miller '46 1954-1991 

Teacher of Science, Department Chair, 
Coach, Dormitory Master 

A distinguished teacher who offered 
support and encouragement to all of his 
students. He had that special gift that only 
the most skilled instructors possess - the 
capacity to simplify a complex subject like 
physics for layman's consumption. In the 
late 1960s and 70s, Doug developed a 
lasting reputation as the Commissioner of 
the famous Big League Soccer, a confer- 
ence that would put the ACC and the Big 
East to shame. 

A. MacDonald Murphy 1930-1974 

Teacher of English, Coach, Dormitory 

Master and Director of Athletics 

(conferred posthumously) 

A charter member of the Old Guard, 
Mac Murphy was a beloved English 
instructor. He always had time for his stu- 
dents. His classes were as much sympo- 
siums on the meaning of life as they were 
opportunities to analyze grammar and 
English literature. A Renaissance man, he 
founded lacrosse at GDA and earned the 
reputation as one of the region's finest 
Athletic Directors. 

Howard J. "Buster" Navins '31 

Teacher of Foreign Languages, Coach, 
Dormitory Master and Dean of Students 

For 41 years, he was the heart and soul 
of the Academy and a member of the 
Old Guard. He was loved and revered 
by his students. His coaching career was 
distinctive and to this day he can remem- 
ber who scored the second goal in the 
1948 Belmont Hill game or who struck out 
with the bases loaded against St Paul's in 
1961. His stock phrases, "Don't give me 
any of your corn", "I want you to play bet- 
ter than you know how," and "you play 
ball with me and I'll play ball with you" are 
indelibly etched into the consciousness of 
thousands of youngsters now adults. He 
taught students that lifelong skill, the ability 
to speak confidently and effectively in 

John W. Ragle 
1947-1950, 1953-1954 

Teacher of English, Coach and 
Dorm Master 
1972-1983 Headmaster 

Jack Ragle's headmastership came at a 
critical moment in the history of the 
Academy. He successfully oversaw the 
introduction and early successes of coed- 
ucation. During an era when many of the 
time-tested traditions and practices of 


Angela Rappoli '03 (third from left), Brad Ferry 
'04, and Katherine Paul '04 presented the "Soup's 
On" check to the director of the Cape Ann Food 
Pantry, Julie LaFontaine. GDA raised over $2000 at 
the annual event by selling handmade ceramic bowls 
filled with soup donated by local restaurants! 

August | 2003 

Aerial view of Emeritus Induction Ceremony 

boarding schools were beins questioned, 
Jack knew intuitively what needed to be 
preserved and what to change. His splen- 
did scholarly history of the Academy 
remains the definitive work in this area and 
a critical resource for our archives. 

Arthur W. Saser 1930-1969 

Teacher of Public Speaking, Coach, 

Dormitory Master, Glee Club Director 

(conferred posthumously) 

Affectionately known to generations of 
GDA students as the "Bull", Art Sager 
was a venerable member of the Old 
Guard. An Olympic athlete, he brought 
his knowledge of sports to the Academy 
where he coached the Varsity Football 
and Track teams. His public speaking 
course at the Academy helped instill con- 
fidence and poise in awkward adolescent 
boys. He directed the Glee Club, peren- 
nially the most popular student group on 
campus, popular both for its music and, in 
the days before coeducation, the only 
legitimate way to get off campus to meet 
girls. He was a tireless ambassador for the 
Academy, a prolific correspondent to "his 
kids," and a resource to headmasters. 

William Sperry 1954-1992 

Teacher of History, Department Chair, 
Coach, Dormitory, Master and 
Director of College Guidance 

Bill Sperry was known for his brilliant 
mind and his photographic memory. An 
accomplished teacher, he was particularly 
adept at bringing world events to life for 
his students. He instilled within them a life- 
long appreciation and interest in current 
events. He was a highly effective college 
advisor who always sought to create the 
appropriate match for his advisees. 
Invariably he did. 

Benjamin J. Stone 1932-75 

Teacher of Mathematics, Department 

Chair, Coach, Dormitory Master, 

Dean of Faculty, Director of Studies 

Director of the Chapel Choir 

(conferred posthumously) 

A venerable member of the Old Guard 
and a pillar of the GDA community, Ben 
Stone was the consummate boarding 
school man. He was a popular teacher, a 
dedicated corridor master and an enthusi- 
astic coach. He held virtually every admin- 
istrative post at the Academy during his 
43-year tenure. He was also an accom- 
plished musician, a published composer 

and a prolific poet in his own right. Post- 
GDA he served the Newburyport com- 
munity as a choral director, director of the 
Historical Society, and as a newspaper 

Alexander W. White 
1971-82 and 1984-2001 

Teacher of Foreign Languages, 
Coach and Dormitory Master 

Known as "Senor Blanco" to his stu- 
dents, Alex White set high standards for 
his charges while effectively spreading his 
passion for Spanish language and customs. 
He had boundless energy for everything 
he did. He helped to found our cross- 
country program, he was a long time major 
domo of the ski club and a indefatigable 
leader of student trips abroad. In his retire- 
ment, he has become one of the driving 
forces behind the refurbishment of the 
Yellow School House cultural center in 
the Village of Byfield. GDA's resident 
Fred Astaire, he was known to dance a jig 
or two in class and an occasional 
Charleston and more at faculty parties. 




Former Teacher of History, 
Coach, Dormitory Master 
and Director of Admission, 
John Witherspoon with 
Dan Morgan '67, P'9 7, '02 

Valleau Wilkie Jr. 1959-1973 


Val Wilkie was a strong, deci- 
sive and inspirational leader. He 
brought a strength of character 
and determination that was 
forged in the crucible of his expe- 
riences in the second World War 
where he emerged as a legitimate 
American hero. He oversaw the 
construction of The Moseley 
Chapel and the Thompson 
Auditorium. He helped to cham- 
pion the arts program at the 
Academy. The 1960s were a tur- 
bulent decade, but GDA 
seemed to weather them better 
than most schools because of his 
firm hand. He has gone on from 
GDA to have a distinguished 
career as the Director of the Sid 
Richardson Foundation. 

David M. Williams 
1951-1967 and 1969-1992 

Teacher of History, Department 

Chair Coach, Dormitory Master 

and Dean of Students 

Dave Williams had a long and 
distinguished career at GDA. He 
was an innovative and imagina- 
tive teacher. He introduced 
Asian Studies to the curriculum 
and encouraged his Departmental 
colleagues to develop knew elec- 

tees in non-Western areas. His 
impact on the community was 
profound. He was known as the 
conscience of Governor 
Dummer. Students respected him 
for his sense of fairness and 
impeccable integrity. He was a 
touchstone for his colleagues and 
the dispenser of sage advice. 

John Witherspoon 

Teacher of History, Coach, 

Dormitory Master and Director 

of Admissions 

An All-American lacrosse 
player and one of J. Edgar 
Hoover's G men before he 
arrived at GDA, John 
Witherspoon achieved Old 
Guard status during his marvelous 
career in Byfield. Quiet and 
unassuming, he nevertheless 
inspired love and respect from 
students and colleagues alike. He 
helped to build the foundation 
for lacrosse dynasties at the 
Academy. He was a compas- 
sionate and effective Director of 
Admissions. Many folks in this 
audience owe their very pres- 
ence here to John. The very 
mention of his name invokes a 
warm smile from Governor 
Dummer graduates. I 































GDA Night at The Pops 

Charlotte McElroy P'74,'75,'77 and Director of Development Pat 
Peterman P'01,'03 shared some "parent talk" before the concert. 

Sue Adams P'05, Robert 
Moheban P'80,'88, and Mike 
Adams P'05 enjoyed the pre- 
show reception. 

GDA staff members Marilyn 
McKeen and Mary Beth Snow 
joined faculty alumni and parents at 
the annual event 

The Annual GDA Night at the Boston Pops, host- 
ed by the Alumni/ae Council on May 21, drew 
together more than 90 alumni/ae, parents, staff, facul- 
ty and friends of the Academy for a great performance 
conducted by Keith Lockhart with special appearances 
by bluegrass performer Ricky Skaggs and teen jazz sen- 
sation Peter Cincotti. At a pre-show reception in 
Symphony Hall, Headmaster Marty Doggett updated 
the gathering on GDA's Long Range Strategic Plan 
and the first Faculty and Staff Emeriti Induction 
Ceremony planned for Reunion Weekend. 

Young Alumni/ae Reception 
in New York City 

More than 20 GDA 
alumni/ae attended a 
reception hosted by 
Robin Remick '90 and 
her husband, Brian Wille, 
on May 15 on the garden 
patio of their Park 
Avenue apartment building. Faculty members David Van 
Ness and Lynda Bromley delighted folks with their pres- 
ence, and Headmaster Marty Doggett updated folks on 

Meghan Earle '97, David Van Ness, 
Faculty, and Ed Guzman '95 in the 
Big Apple. 


August J 2003 

Alum Initiates Project- Based 
Computer Programming Class 

Tom Johnson '81, Peter Wang '05, Russell Bradley '05, and Levi Paul '05 
take a break from Tom's computer class. 

Tom Johnson '81 launched a new course this 
spring at GDA for students interested in learning 
more about the basic elements of a project life cycle 
and the integration of that knowledge into certain 
web-based technologies (HTML, JavaScript, data- 
base). With the help of Elaine White and Joanna 
Connors in the Academic Office, and Aaron 
Mandel in the Technology Office, Tom and his pro- 
teges created a database for internal use on GDA's 
web site to help students connect with each other. 

Students Russell Bradley '05, Peter Wang '05, and 
Levi Paul '05 wrapped up the course in mid-May. A 
big thanks to Tom Johnson '81 for volunteering his 
time to teach this course and work with GDA stu- 

GDA news. The food and venue were excellent, and 
Mother Nature cooperated, providing GDA graduates, 
faculty members, and friends the opportunity to mix and 
mingle in the spring air. 

Anne Cole '88,Jennifer Griffin '87, Amy Russell Sheeran '89, and 
Susannah Griffin '89 caught up on each other's recent expoits and accom- 



















Visit to the USCG Buoy Tender "Hickory" in Boston, May 4, 2003. 
Hosted by Lieutenant Comander Charlie Cashin 

Alum Arranges Visit to 
USCG Buoy Tender Hickory 

Lieutenant Commander 
Charlie Cashin '84, captain 
of Coast Guard cutter 
"Hickory," arranged a tour of 
his ship for 25 GDA students 
and faculty in early May. 
Highlights of the tour included 
the engine room and the 
bridge where the helmsman steers the 225-foot cutter using a 
joystick. Everyone had a great time, and we thank Charlie for 
his generous hospitality in giving up his liberty time to give us 
a tour of his vessel. Charlie and his crew returned in June to 
their homeport in Homer, Alaska. 

Grandparents Day Brings a Crowd 

Grandparents Day welcomed more than 90 grandparents 
and grandfriends to campus on April 25. Students and their 
guests enjoyed a day of classes, spirited musical perform- 
ances, an update from Headmaster Marty Doggett, and a 
tour of the arts department by Geoff Brace, Department 
Chair and visual arts teacher. 

We look forward to seeing grandparents and grandfriends 
back at GDA next year. Please look for your pictures in the 
mail, if you and your grandchild(ren) had a picture taken in 
the Cobb Room by our photographer, Dan Courter. 



Phil Gemmer '48, Dick Pew '54, and Jim Dean '56 

Reception in Portland, Maine 

More than 25 alumni/ae/ parents, grandparents and 
friends of the Academy attended a wonderful reception 

hosted by Phil Gemmer '48, 
P'75'76'80, on Thursday, 
May 1. Headmaster Marty 
Doggett updated the gather- 
ing on the state of affairs at 
the Academy. The dedicat- 
ed and loyal GDA con- 
stituency asked questions 
about the value of GDA's 
endowment and the number of GDA graduates serving 
in the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. 

Widge Thomas '43 and Charles 
Carroll '58 

Tim Maier '66,Tom Elder '56, and Bill Sperry , former faculty member 

San Francisco Reception 

Trustee Bill O'Leary '73 
hosted more than 40 GDA 
alumni/ae and parents at a 
reception at The Mandarin 
Oriental Hotel in San 
Francisco, California on 
February 27. Faculty mem- 
bers Mike Moonves P'82 and Perry Nelson, former fac- 
ulty member Bill Sperry P'80'83, Director of Alumni and 
Parent Relations Jim Bride, and Bill O'Leary '73 all spoke 
at the reception, updating the audience on Academy 
news. The company, food, and venue were all excellent, 
and we hope to be back in the Bay Area soon. 

StaceyAlmy, Bill O'Leary 13 
Trustee, and David Almy '86 











Boston Milestone Stop at The Vox 


















Derric Small '86, Rob Delena '81, and Kip Brown '81 

Use Abusamra '93, Stratten Newbert '91, Eunice Newbert, and 
Eleanore Godfrey '93 

Brendan Forrest '94, Noelia Kvaternik '94, Alison Martin '94, and 
Lisa Maffei '94 

The Milestone Stop at The Vox in Boston on April 10 
was a big success. More than 30 alumni/ae, as well as 
GDA English teachers Paul Wann, Dick Searles, and 
Steve Ogden, showed up for the fine food and socializ- 
ing. Special kudos to Aaron Sells '96, Dan DiPietro '96, 
and Cathy Burgess '91 who made calls and organized the 
evening. We'll be back next year! 


August I 2003 

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David Spector '03 and Peter Sherin '59 

John Leonard '03 and Peter Sherin '59, Past President of the 
Alumni Council, connected at the annual dinner for seniors. 

Alumni/ae Council Dinner for Seniors 

The Alumni/ae Council 
sponsored its annual 
Alumni/ae Council Senior 
Dinner on Thursday, April 
24, with more than 80 sen- 
iors attending the event. 
President of the Alumni/ae 
Council Jim Deveney '60 
moderated the event, and 
other Alumni/ae Council 
members in attendance 
included Cathy Burgess '91, 
Vice-President/ Josh Lappin 
'92, Secretary/Treasurer; Joe 
MacLeod '56/ Put Flint '37; 
Shawn Gager '88/ and Frank 
Huntress '52. Past Presidents 
or the Alumni/ae Council 
John Mercer '64 and Peter 
Sherin '59 attended, along 
with Barry Gately '52, Alumnus/a of the Year recipient for 2002. 
Elle Erickson '98 spoke enthusiastically and eloquently about the 
importance of the Class Secretary Program at GDA, and Cathy 
Burgess '91 talked passionately about being a Class Agent at 
GDA and the importance of supporting the Academy. 

Frank Huntress '52, Alumni Council 
member, and Shannon Falvey '03 



















Shannon Falvey '03, Caroline Sillari '03, Erin House '03, Jennifer Arno 
'03, Erin Shedd '03, Elizabeth Bernard '03, and Stephanie Carter '03 

The Archon 

Published since 1884 


John M. Doggettjr. P'04 


Judith Klein P'99 


Hockmeyer O'Connor Studios 
Insight Studios 
Reginald Jackson 
David Oxton 

Art Director 

Christie Rawlins-Jackson 

Director of Development 

Patricia Tobin Peterman P'01, '03 

Associate Director of Development 

Michael A. Moonves P'82 

Director of Annual Giving 

Michelle Kunz Orvis 

Director of Alumni/ae and Parent Relations 

James H. Bride III 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Daniel M. Morgan '61, P'97, '02, President 
Stephen G. Kasnet '62, P'95, Co-Vice President 
Gerry Mack, Co-Vice President P'87, '91, '93 
James L. Rudolph '68, P'05 Secretary 
Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 
William L.AIfond '61 
Christopher C. Bcebe '55 
Adrienne Berry-Burton P'96, '04 
Todd A. Dagres '18 
Clifford J. Gillespie 
C David Grayer P'OO 
Richard M. Kelleher P'99, '01 
Kathleen L. Livermore '19, P'04 
Kara Moheban McLoy '88 
Priscilla M. Mclnnis P'02, '03, '06 
Joshua L. Miner IV '69, P'96, '98 
Reynolds E. Moultonjr. '56 
Brian H. Noyes '16 
William F. O'Leary '13 
Michael R. Porter P'96, '99, '01 
Haskell Rlwtt '54 
George S. Scharfe P'95, '00 
Steven G Shapiro '14 
Dolly M. Shalvoy P'02; '04 
C. Tliomas Tenneyjr. '69 
Bruce C Turner '83 

Alumni Trustees 

Grace PJeanes '92 
Joseph P. Turner Jr. '99 
Ex Officio 

James C Deveney Jr. '60 
President, Alumni/ae Council 

Alumni/ae Council 

James C. Deveney Jr. '60, President 
Catherine D. Burgess '91, Vice President 
Joshua C Lappin '92, Secretary /Treasurer 
Deana Giamette Boyages '88 
John P. English '28 
Elizabeth Tuthill Farrell '84 
Putnam P.Flint '31, GP'99 
Anthony P. Fusco '85 
Franklin E. Huntress '52 
Joseph E. MacLeod '56 
Katherine Dobie Meyer '96 
Daniel F. Nadeau '89 
Howard J. Navins '31, P'63, '66, GP'93 
Susan F Pattison '11 
Robert H Studley Jr. '86 
Marc K. Tucker '68, P'01, '05 
William B. Whiting '59, P'92 
Ex Officio 

Peter T Butler, '62, Past President 
John S. Mercer '64, P'95 Past President 
Karen A. Schulte '83, Past President- 
Peter M. Sherin '59, Past President 
Arthur H. Veasey III '68, Past President 

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